Achille E Assogbadjo

Achille E Assogbadjo
University of Abomey-Calavi | UAC · Faculty of Agronomic Sciences (FSA)

PhD

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Introduction
I am Professor Achille Ephrem Assogbadjo, an agronomist and forester with a special interest in non-timber forest products. I hold a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences and am a Full Professor of Conservation genetics, Forest ecology and Ethnobotany at the University of Abomey-Calavi in Republic of Benin. I double as a visiting Professor at Université Félix Houphouët Boigny in Côte d’Ivoire, University of Costa Rica in Costa Rica and University of Florianopolis in Brasil. I have been awarded more
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October 2007 - July 2017
University of Abomey-Calavi
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  • Professor
April 2000 - July 2015
University of Abomey-Calavi
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (294)
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Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp.) is an important food and nutrition security crop in Benin, though its production is constrained by absence of information necessary for strategic planning. The objective of this study was to evaluate the diversity of preferred traits and production constraints of cowpea in southern Benin. A survey was conducted i...
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Despite the ethical issues concerning the continued use of Human Landing Catches (HLC) to monitor the Simulium damnosum complex for epidemiological monitoring of onchoceri-casis, few attempts to develop alternatives have been reported. In studies on a wild population of S. damnosum in Burkina Faso, we tested visual targets (different sizes and shap...
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Baobab is a multipurpose tree, with nutritional importance to African rural populations, and several products are derived from its fruit. The dehulled fruit delivers a pulp used for food processing. The present study aimed to characterize the baobab pulp derived products encountered in food outlets in Benin. Pulp based foods were inventoried and ch...
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Sustainable conservation of crop wild relatives is one of the pathways to securing global food security amid climate change threats to biodiversity. However, their conservation is partly limited by spatio-temporal distribution knowledge gaps mostly because they are not morphologically charismatic species to attract conservation attention. Therefore...
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Identification of genes associated with bruchid resistance variations in cowpea accessions would help breeders to generate new cowpea cultivars with improved resistance and quality. In this work, 107 cowpea collections from various areas in six countries were phenotyped for their responses to Callosobruchus maculatus and genotyped with Single Nucle...
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The development and promotion of biofortified foods plants are a sustainable strategy for supplying essential micronutrients for human health and nutrition. We set out to identify quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with carotenoid content in cowpea sprouts. The contents of carotenoids, including lutein, zeaxanthin, and β-carotene in sprouts o...
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Garcinia kola est une espèce à usage multiple dont la mauvaise gestion contribue à sa rareté. L’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN) l’a déclarée « vulnérable ». L’objectif de cette étude est de déterminer l’influence du phytodistrict et de l’âge sur les phénophases de Garcinia kola au Bénin. Un échantillonnage stratifié a...
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This paper follows the transition from ethnobotany to a deeper scientific understanding of the food and medicinal properties of African agroforestry tree products as inputs into the start of domestication activities. It progresses on to the integration of these indigenous trees as new crops within diversified farming systems for multiple social, ec...
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Wild oil plants (WOP) are species used for food, cosmetics, nutraceutical, and medicine. In Benin, their importance is still poorly documented. This study investigated the diversity of WOPs and identified priority species for valorization in Benin. Literature synthesis was used to gather data on a list of WOP species. This was completed by ethnobot...
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The soil seed bank (SSB) in forests is a key indicator of their resilience after disturbances. Despite the growing interest in describing patterns of SSB and understanding potential processes underpinning those patterns, we still know little about SSB patterns and drivers in semi-deciduous tropical forests. Using the regeneration emergence method,...
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Mangroves are precious ecosystems that provide vital socio-economic, environ- mental and cultural benefits to humanity. However, they are declining alarmingly due to human activities and natural hazards. Assessment of their spatio-temporal dynamics is essential to monitor these ecosystems and guide their management to ensure their sustainability. W...
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The African baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) is a multipurpose orphan tree species of the semi-arid and sub-humid Sub-Saharan Africa where it plays an important role in rural livelihoods. Its wide distribution and dense nutrition properties make it an important species for food and nutrition security in Africa. However, despite the increasing interes...
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Kersting's groundnut (Macrotyloma geo-carpum (Harms) Maréchal & Baudet) is an important source of protein and essential nutrients that contribute to food security in West Africa. However, the crop is still underexploited by the populations and under-researched by the scientific community. This study aimed to investigate the genetic diversity and po...
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Cowpea is a one important legume crop in Sub-Saharan Africa due to its high content of protein and other nutrients. However, seeds of cowpea varieties are destroyed by Callosobruchus maculatus in storage. This study investigated various biochemical compounds of susceptible and resistant cowpea genotypes, to determine the biochemical compounds under...
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Strychnos spinosa Lam. is an important wild edible fruit tree (WEFT) that is increasingly threatened due to anthropogenic pressure. Despite its remarkable socio-economic potential, commercial plantations for the species are rare. Characterization of the genetic diversity and potential of WEFT is a prerequisite for domestication and genetic improvem...
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Our understanding of the role of fire and effect of ant species composition, beyond their diversity and abundance, on the effectiveness of mutualism defence is limited. Most of our knowledge of ant–plant defence in tropical Africa is biased towards East African savannas which have richer soil, higher primary productivity and a more diverse arthropo...
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Cowpea [Vigna ungriculata (L.) Walp] is a main legume food cultivated for its leaves and grains in Benin. However, cowpea production is limited by insect pests with flower bud thrips being the most damaging and can cause up to 100% yield loss. Host plant resistance is the best strategy to control the pest. This study aimed to screen Benin cowpea ge...
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Kersting’s groundnut [ Macrotyloma geocarpum (Harms) Maréchal & Baudet] (KG) is a nutritious, subterranean grain legume in West and Central Africa. Only limited information is available on the morphological traits that can discriminate accessions; without such information, appropriate breeding strategies cannot be devised. This study aimed to ident...
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Balanites aegyptiaca (L.) Delile and Ricinodendron heudelotii (Bail.) Pierre are socioeconomically important but endemic species to sub-Saharan Africa. This study was conducted to assess the germination capacity of their seeds and seedling growth according to seed provenance, seed mass and pre-treatment techniques as a contribution to the developme...
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La compréhension des facteurs influençant les phénophases des plantes d’importance socio-économique est essentielle pour leur gestion durable. Cola millenii est un arbre dont les fruits sont comestibles. La présente étude a analysé les différentes phénophases de l’espèce le long d’un gradient climatique au Bénin. Les évènements de feuillaison, flor...
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Understanding the impacts of wood harvesting intensity on the diversity and structure of ecosystems such as mangroves is essential for defining actions for their sustainable management. We compared tree taxonomic diversity, structural diversity and dominance patterns, density, growth characteristics, size class distribution-SCD and stand stability...
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Detarium microcarpum (Fabaceae) is a priority, multipurpose, and indigenous food tree species in West Africa. However, data related to its efficient conservation and sustainable use, through changing ecological environments, are still lacking. Thus, species occurrence records were combined with climatic and soil data in Maximum Entropy (Maxent), a...
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Picralima nitida is an important African medicinal plant species threatened in the Dahomey Gap. It is used in pharmaceutical industries and traditional medicine to treat several diseases. Despite its importance, this the species faces a serious conservation problem. It is rare, especially in the Dahomey Gap countries in contrast to the Guinean zone...
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Le genre Solanum est l'un des plus importants de la flore du Sénégal tant par sa richesse spécifique que par sa valeur socio-économique. Cependant, si les espèces cultivées font l’objet d’étude sous diverses formes, les sauvages sont fréquemment éliminées. L’étude vise à renseigner sur la chorologie, l’écologie et les usages des espèces sauvages ap...
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The sustainable conservation of forest resources in a context of climate change and population growth would be compromised in their current form of exploitation by rural communities. The objective of this study is to assess the impact of climate change on the dynamics of habitats favorable to species of conservation priority in the forests under ON...
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Understanding abiotic and biotic factors affecting the survival of seedlings of threatened species such as Afzelia africana is fundamental for restoration and sustainable management purposes. This study used seedling individual-level morphological data and plot-level data to assess the effect of abiotic (season, elevation, soil type and terrain slo...
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Knowledge gap on the reproductive biology of orphan crops is a major challenge to their cultivar development and genetic improvement. This study described the reproductive organs and phenology, assessed receptivity of stigma versus anther dehiscence, and examined pollen viability and germination in Kersting's groundnut. Experiments were conducted o...
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Detailed understanding of interactions between humans and their surrounding ecosystems is essential for designing sustainable use and management of these ecosystems. Mangroves are one of the most productive ecosystems worldwide, yet among the most threatened. This study (1) explored main activities of local communities in relationship to mangroves...
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Khaya senegalensis (Desr.) A. Juss. is endemic to many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of the study was to assess the ecophenotypic characterization of K. senegalensis from the three endemic zones of Chad and the suitability of its seeds to germinate according to provenance for sustainable management.10 leaves, 10 fruits and 270 seed...
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Picralima nitida (Apocynaceae) represents is an important African medicinal plant species. It is frequently used in traditional medicine and pharmaceutical industries for drugs manufacturing against infectious diseases, malaria and diabetes and commercially traded as well. Despite its importance, the species is becoming rare, especially in the Daho...
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Cowpea bruchid (Callosobruchus maculatus Fab.) is the most important storage pest causing significant economic losses. Development of bruchid resistant cowpea varieties is the most sustainable strategy for controlling bruchid. However, information regarding the nature of gene action governing the resistance to bruchid is limited for cowpea genotype...
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Cola millenii K. Schum. is a wild edible fruit tree of high socio-economic importance in Sub-Sahara Africa. Its fruit pulp is used for food and nutritional purposes. Other parts of the tree are locally used against several diseases. Given the current threats to natural stands of this species, its domestication has been suggested as one of the metho...
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There are several evidences of the prominent roles that non-timber forest products (NTFPs), and particularly wild edible fruit (WEF) play for human food security and poverty alleviation. Although neglected in the past, there are increasing interest on WEF species, and evaluation of their fruit production has become essential. Quantifying the fruit...
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Research on Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in West Africa has made considerable progress. This provides a collection of hug number of scientific evidences that can be pooled in the form of book for the characterization and monitoring of changes in NTFPs. Numerous observations point out the difficulties in efficiently pooling data in view of the...
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Research Application Summary The present research aimed at assessing the biodiversity of wild edible trees and cultural values that support their maintenance in the traditional agroforesty systems of Benin. A number of selected sites in each of the 3 climatic zones of the country were surveyed and data were collected through a field exploration and...
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Atacora mountain is a particular ecosystem of West Africa where soil degradation occurs. The present study assessed the impacts of physical soil degradation on vegetation in the Beninese portion of this mountain chain. Phytosociological surveys were carried out along line transects from plain to summit within 22 plots of 30 m x 30 m. Based on indic...
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Biotic and abiotic drivers of seedling establishment and survival are fundamental not only for elucidating processes occurring at plant early life stages, but also for assisting species natural regeneration. Keystone, multipurpose and economically important tree species such as Afzelia africana Sm. are reportedly facing recruitment constraints, yet...
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Background and aims-Geographic patterns of phenotypic variability can inform understanding of the resilience potential of plant species to environmental hazards such as climate change. Such understanding provides support for conservation and domestication efforts. Here, we investigated natural morphological variation of the individuals, fruits, see...
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Baobab (Adansonia digitata) leaves represent a key nutritional resource; although their consumption is apparently restricted to local communities, mainly as a sticky sauce, cosmetics and a variety of purposes. Ready-to-use powder of oven-dried baobab leaves can improve the availability of the product on markets, and hence its utilisation and shelf...
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Background: Picralima nitida (Apocynaceae) is an important African medicinal plant species. It is frequently used in traditional medicine and pharmaceutical industries for manufacture of drugs against infectious diseases, malaria, diabetes and cancer. Despite its important, the species can be rare, especially in the Dahomey Gap (in contrast to the...
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Detarium microcarpum Guill. & Perr. is a priority food tree species in West Africa, but its use pattern and conservation is little known across different sociocultural areas of Benin. In this study, we analyse the determinants of D. microcarpum traditional uses pattern and how these determinants influence the species’ conservation in Benin. Thus, 7...
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Garcinia kola (Heckel) is a versatile tree indigenous to West and Central Africa. All parts of the tree have value in traditional medicine. Natural populations of the species have declined over the years due to overexploitation. Assessment of genetic diversity and population structure of G. kola is important for its management and conservation. The...
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Kersting’s groundnut is an orphan legume crop which area of distribution is limited to West Africa. Beside the high protein content, Kersting’s groundnut has appreciable levels of essential minerals and vitamins. This added to its palatability and physical appearance of dishes prepared out of its grains, gives to the crop a high market value. Howev...
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Kersting’s groundnut is an orphan legume crop which area of distribution is limited to West Africa. Beside the high protein content, Kersting’s groundnut has appreciable levels of essential minerals and vitamins. This added to its palatability and physical appearance of dishes prepared out of its grains, gives to the crop a high market value. Howev...
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Kersting’s groundnut is an important source of protein and essential nutrients that contribute to food security in West Africa. However, the crop is still underexploited by the populations and under-researched by the scientific community. This study aimed to investigate the genetic diversity and population structure of 217 Kersting’s groundnut acce...
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en Bowé (hardened ferricrete soils formed by erosion, drought or deforestation) are often associated with termite mounds, but little is known about these mounds and their role in the restoration of soils and plant biodiversity on bowé. This study examined termite mounds on bowé and their effects on soil depth and plant richness. Sixty‐four sampling...
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Changes in land use type (LUT) are a major driver of biodiversity loss and species decline. Responses to changes in LUT are species-specific, which may in turn be context-dependent. Understanding such responses is essential for the management of socio-economically important wild tree species. The baobab, Adansonia digitata L., is an important tradi...
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Changes in land use type (LUT) are a major driver of biodiversity loss and species decline. Responses to changes in LUT are species-specific, which may in turn be context-dependent. Understanding such responses is essential for the management of socio-economically important wild tree species. The baobab, Adansonia digitata L., is an important tradi...
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Studies on how biodiversity influences ecosystem multifunctionality (EMF) help elucidate ecological mechanisms (e.g. niche complementarity and selection) underlying provision of multiple ecosystem services. While it is acknowledged that biodiversity contributes to EMF, the relative importance of functional traits diversity (niche complementarity) a...
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Throughout the world, biodiversity and nature's contributions to people are under threat, with clear changes evident. Biodiversity and ecosystem services have particular value in Africa– yet they are negatively impacted by a range of drivers, including land use and climate change. In this communication, we show evidence of changing biodiversity and...
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Background: Genetic diversity in a germplasm is crucial for continuous improvement of crop varieties. A panel of 274 cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.) accessions of unknown genetic diversity was assembled from diverse sources. This study used 3127 SNP markers, generated with the diversity array technology (DArT), to assess genetic diversity, population...
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Background: Genetic diversity in a germplasm is crucial for continuous improvement of crop varieties. A panel of 274 cowpea ( Vigna unguiculata L.) accessions of unknown genetic diversity was assembled from diverse sources. This study used 3127 SNP markers, generated with the diversity array technology (DArT), to assess genetic diversity, populatio...