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Achille Hounkpevi

Achille Hounkpevi
Laboratoire de Biomathématiques et d'Estimations Forestières (LABEF/FSA/UAC) · Forest Ecology and Management

PhD
Post Doc Researcher

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Introduction
I studied agricultural sciences with focus on natural resources management at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin). I did a PhD in the Graduate Research Programme Climate Change and Biodiversity (GRPCC&B/WASCAL) at University Felix Houphouet-Boigny (Cote d’Ivoire). My PhD work was conducted on "Ethnobotany and ecological adaptation of the black plum (Vitex doniana Sw.) to climatic conditions in Benin, West Africa: implications for conservation and domestication".
Additional affiliations
December 2016 - present
Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest Estimations
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Research interests:: •Plant ecology •Plant adaptations to environmental change •Biodiversity conservation •Wood anatomy •Neglected and underutilized plant species
February 2015 - June 2015
Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
Position
  • Guest Researcher
Description
  • The stay was about assessing anatomical features of Vitex doniana in the Tree ring laboratory. Through this work, we are finding out the suitability of V. doniana for dendrochronological studies....
August 2013 - December 2016
The Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest Estimations
The Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest Estimations
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • Our goal is to understand ecological processes and patterns and to develop accordingly clear and applicable management policies for forest managers and decision makers. http://labef-uac.org/en/forest-ecology/
Education
October 2012 - December 2016
University "Félix Houphouët-Boigny"
Field of study
  • Climate change and Biodiversity (WASCAL)
January 2009 - April 2010
University of Abomey-Calavi
Field of study
  • Natural resources management
October 2003 - December 2008
University of Abomey-Calavi
Field of study
  • Agronomy and natural resources management

Publications

Publications (22)
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There are evidences that plant morphology is shaped by genotype, but local environment mainly climate influences morphology as well. In this study the morphological variability of Vitex doniana, a multipurpose tree species was characterised in relation with climatic parameters in order to provide insights to the species possible responses to future...
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Sustainable management actions are needed for several indigenous agro forestry plant species like the black plum (Vitex doniana Sweet) because they are facing increasing pressures due to the rapid human growth and threats such as climate change. By combining species distribution modelling using the Maximum Entropy Algorithm (MaxEnt) and representat...
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The Massi natural forest within the Lama forest reserve makes up a particular ecosystem which is unique in Benin, lying on clay vertisols that are periodically inundated with rainwater. As a contribution to its protection, a phytosociological inventory was made using an integrated synusial method for an in-depth study of the forest's spontaneous ve...
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Background The growing interest for more natural products in food and health industries has led to increasing research on traditional knowledge related to plants. While theoretical knowledge (TK) on the uses of a species informs on the wide spectrum of potential uses of that species, actual uses (AU) highlight their potential being actually used. D...
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The use of modern drugs to manage hypertension and diabetes is enough expensive and requires constant monitoring of the patient due to the chronicity and complications of these diseases. Thus, the populations of southern Burkina Faso have opted for the use of plants, including Parkia biglobosa (Jacq.) R.Br. ex G. Don, Sclerocarya birrea (A. Rich.)...
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RESUME Les systèmes agroforestiers contribuent comme les forêts à la conservation physique et chimique du sol, à la régulation thermique et à la conservation de la biodiversité. Cette étude visait à caractériser la communauté des espèces ligneuses alimentaires dans quatre systèmes agroforestiers périphériques au noyau central de la Forêt Classée de...
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Human pressures have accelerated the degradation of protected areas, especially in developing countries where populations depend heavily on forest resources. In order to limit the pressures on these areas, governance models are implemented. The present study aims to assess the impact of the governance experienced by the W Transboundary Biosphere Re...
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A better understanding of rainfall variability and trends is vital for agricultural production systems. This study evaluates the spatio-temporal variability and trends in annual, seasonal and daily rainfall in Benin. Daily rainfall data for the 1970-2016 period measured at three weather stations (Savè, Malanville, and Tanguiéta) were obtained from...
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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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L’irrégularité des pluies et la baisse pluviométrique constituent des préoccupations majeures pour les producteurs de riz pluvial. Cette étude avait pour objectif de mettre en évidence les variabilités et tendances des débuts et fins des pluies ainsi que de la pluviométrie totale sur une période de 46 ans dans les localités de Glazoué, Malanville e...
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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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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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The African baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) is a large tree of great socio-economic and cultural importance in Africa, with almost all the parts of the species used for various purposes. A major concern about baobab fruit pulp production is the long time it takes for first fruiting (about 15 years). Vegetative propagation offers several advantages w...
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Hypertension is a global public health problem. This study aimed to determine the diversity of plant species used by traditional healers. Thus, semi-structured interviews were carried out with 195 informants through traditional healers associations of Sanmatenga, Bazega and Zounweogo located in different phytogeographical sectors. Questionnaire ref...
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Garcinia kola is a multipurpose tree and an important medicinal plant in most Western and Central African communities. The species is highly valued for its edible nuts and its different parts are used for the treatment of diverse ailments. Because of its overexploitation, G. kola is now extinct in the wild in Benin. Conservation and cultivation are...
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Green monkey orange (Strychnos spinosa) is an important multipurpose tree in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, including Benin. The objectives of this study were to (i) examine the various indigenous uses of Strychnos spinosa, (ii) assess local perception of the major threats to Strychnos spinosa, and (iii) identify the conservation strategi...
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Cette étude a évalué les facteurs écologiques et socioculturels qui influencent les connaissances endogènes sur les plantes alimentaires locales dans la zone riveraine du noyau central de la Forêt Classée de la Lama au Bénin. Des enquêtes ethnobotaniques ont été menées auprès de 390 personnes choisies au hasard dans 9 villages situés dans la zone r...
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We assessed impacts of climatic variability, land cover and proximity of river on the ecology and population structure of Vitex doniana Sweet in Benin (West Africa) in order to provide relevant information for its sustainable management and conservation in the context of global change. Numbers of contacts and numbers of adult individuals per contac...
Research
The study was carried out in the Lama forest in South Benin. It focused on the ecological and structural characterization of forest plant-communities identified in the northern part of the Noyau Central of the forest reserve of Lama. The ecological characterization consisted of the study of the ecological parameters (soil nature, slope and topograp...
Conference Paper
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The study was carried out in the Lama Forest Reserve located 100 km North of Cotonou, Benin (6°55'- 7°00' N, 2°04' - 2°12' E). Its main objective was to study the structural and ecological characteristics of the forest so as to design adequate silvicultural systems for the forests' rehabilitation and sustainable management. The species diversity of...

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Projects (3)
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Provide information for the sustainable management of Strychnos spinosa Lam. (Loganiaceae) under present and future climate in Benin.
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Contribute to the sustainable management of forests in Benin
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Improve knowledge on the ethnobotany of Vitex doniana and on the adaptive mechanisms used by the species to fit in various climatic zones of Benin in order to provide baseline information for the implementation of ecosystem-based adaptation approaches using V. doniana to face climate change.