Anne Mette Lykke

Anne Mette Lykke
Aarhus University | AU · Department of Bioscience

PhD

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Introduction
My main interests are ethnobotany, ecology, biodiversity, natural resource management and conservation. I work on interdisciplinary and applied research and application of research results, such as carbon forestry and food security. Solid experience in project coordination (Danida, EU-FP6, EU-FP7), capacity building in West Africa, fundraising and supervision of PhD students.
Additional affiliations
April 2018 - May 2018
University of Copenhagen
Position
  • Master's Student
January 2017 - present
Aarhus University
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Description
  • Senior Researcher on TREEFOOD, Reducing malnutrition through food supplements from native tree species in Sub-Saharan Africa (Agropolis, Cariplo, Carasso Foundations’ Thought for Food Initiative – Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin, Belgium, Denmark)
January 2017 - present
Aarhus University
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Description
  • Senior Researcher on SHEATHE, Xenobiotics and heavy metals in Ghana (Danida research and development project – Ghana and Denmark)
Education
August 1986 - December 1996
Aarhus University
Field of study
  • Biology, Tropical Ecology and Ethnobotany

Publications

Publications (216)
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The latitudinal diversity gradient (LDG) is one of the most recognized global patterns of species richness exhibited across a wide range of taxa. Numerous hypotheses have been proposed in the past two centuries to explain LDG, but rigorous tests of the drivers of LDGs have been limited by a lack of high-quality global species richness data. Here we...
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This paper examines the awareness and attitudes of electronic waste (e-waste) workers about the environmental risks of e-waste activities in two informal recycling sites in Ghana: Agbogbloshie (Accra) and Dagomba Line (Kumasi). Using semi-structured interviews with 255 e-waste workers and relevant agencies, the results showed that most workers (73%...
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A range of seed oils are sourced from West Africa. We present an overview of the certification standards for tree-based oil applied for food and cosmetics and an evaluation of sustainability gains. Certification standards were identified via the International Trade Centre’s listings and internet search, guided by interviews with certification bodie...
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Background It is estimated that about 13 million artisanal and small-scale miners carry out their activities under harsh, precarious, unfriendly, and risky conditions. Yet, our understanding of the extent to which these workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) and navigate through the various risks and hazards they face is still limited. Thi...
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Due to the presence of tree species of high socio-economic importance, many protected areas in the sudanian zone are facing anthropogenic pressure that threatens their stability and resources integrity. This study aimed at providing a better understanding of woody plant composition and structure in Patako Forest in Senegal. Data collection was cond...
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Edible products from native trees, shrubs and lianas are often important sources of various nutrients. In this study, we assessed the perception of farmers from southern Mali concerning the use of fruits from Saba senegalensis. We also assessed their perception regarding the effects of saba fruit juice on growth, strength and health as a measure of...
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Seed oils sourced from West Africa are generally not well‐characterized, but likely to have an untapped potential. This review aims to make an overview of fatty acid (FA) composition of unconventional seed oils from semi‐arid West African trees and evaluate potential for new and enhanced uses and for improving local livelihoods and biodiversity con...
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Water stress is the most important factor limiting early survival and growth of seedlings in arid and semi-arid zones. Many woody species develop adaptive mechanisms in response to water stress. This study assesses survival rate, growth and dry matter distribution in response to water stress in four dryland species (Senegalia dudgeonii, Senegalia g...
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This paper examines urban planners' perspectives on the e-waste conundrum and corresponding urban planning response towards promoting e-waste inclusivity and managing associated impacts. The paper is based on an extensive review of nine urban planning documents and interviews with fie environment and/or e-waste related institutions and informal e-w...
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Land degradation exacerbates poverty and food shortages in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tree planting is traditionally used to restore degraded lands, but the tree species used are often poorly adapted to the local climate conditions. We evaluated the suitability and efficiency of three planting techniques (half-moon, standard plantation and zaï) in a semi-...
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The proliferation of illegal mining in Ghana, coupled with its environmental impacts, especially on water bodies has compelled the government to ban all artisanal small-scale mining (ASM) activities in the country. The ban is intended to promote environmental sustainability while the government takes steps to provide sustainable health, and environ...
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Description du sujet. Carapa procera DC. est un arbre oléagineux local à fort potentiel socio-économique. Sa promotion peut contribuer à diversifier et augmenter les sources de revenus des communautés locales. Objectifs. Le but de cette étude est d’analyser la chaine de valeur (CV) du savon médical artisanal (SMA) de C. procera et d’évaluer son pot...
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Aim Palms are an iconic, diverse and often abundant component of tropical ecosystems that provide many ecosystem services. Being monocots, tree palms are evolutionarily, morphologically and physiologically distinct from other trees, and these differences have important consequences for ecosystem services (e.g., carbon sequestration and storage) and...
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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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Artisanal Small-scale Mining (ASM) is associated with disease, injury, environmental and social risks. These risks negatively impact the human health and environment. The study assesses miners’ awareness and perceptions of the risks associated with their activity in three main districts in Ghana. Using the convenience sampling approach, 148 miners...
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Lophira lanceolata is an important indigenous oil tree species with high socio-economic potential in Africa. This study aimed to assess the fruit production of the species, the impact of infestation on production, and the variability of fruit morphological traits. Thirty mature trees were sampled from each of the two sites in western Burkina Faso....
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Aim: Palms are an iconic, diverse and often abundant component of tropical ecosystems that provide many ecosystem services. Being monocots, tree palms are evolutionarily, morphologically and physiologically distinct from other trees, and these differences have important consequences for ecosystem services (e.g., carbon sequestration and storage) an...
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The purpose of this paper is twofold: to explore the factors influencing the emergence and growth of informal e-waste activities and to examine workers' motivation for involvement in informal e-waste activities. Semi-structured interviews and observations among actors in the recently established Dagomba-Line e-waste site in Kumasi, Ghana were emplo...
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Cowpea is an important source of food and income for the populations of sub-Saharan Africa in general and particularly in West Africa. However, farmers face storage and conservation problems. During storage in granaries, cowpea seeds are attacked by insects causing decreased grain weight and quality and sometimes a loss of germination capacity. Tra...
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Trees are rapidly disappearing from agrarian landscapes in many tropical countries, a severe problem to rural populations, who depend on wood and non-timber forest products (NTFP) for their livelihoods. The aim of this study was to determine tree density, diversity, biomass and carbon stock in farmlands in Senegal and to gain insight in the socioec...
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Human disturbance on vegetation is an important concern in biodiversity conservation. In this study we assessed how anthropogenic disturbance affected plant communities pattern, diversity, life form and chorotype composition along a land use gradient. Vegetation relevés were performed along a land use gradient (park-buffer zone-communal land) at W...
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Carapa procera is a wild oil tree species traditionally exploited in Mali for seed oil. Carapa oil is highly sought because of therapeutic, cosmetic, insecticidal and repellent properties. The purpose of this work was to contribute to the understanding of local practices in carapa oil production and local perceptions related thereto. The method use...
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Cette étude avait pour objectifs : 1) d’identifier et de caractériser les acteurs impliqués dans la filière des produits à usage médicinal tirés de Cordyla pinnata, Detarium microcarpum et Detarium senegalense au Sénégal; 2) d’analyser l’organisation de cette filière et l’importance des parties utilisées ; 3) d’analyser la commercialisation de ces...
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Desertification and land degradation affect the livelihood of a large number of people in the drier areas of the world, but there is no generally accepted scale on which the degree of degradation should be measured. However, researchers work to find indicators of degradation. In this paper, we have investigated a number of soil-physicochemical para...
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The aim of this study was to characterize the local market part of the value chain of Carapa procera oil in Mali. The data were collected in four local markets using semi-structured individual interviews, focus groups and participant observations. Three sources of oil supply were identified, one national and two from neighbouring countries. Semi-wh...
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This paper aims to assess the population structure of Pentadesma butyracea Sabine, a local oil tree species and to analyze the occurrence of woody plants in P. butyracea natural stands. Data were collected in 41 plots of 50 × 20 m across natural stands of P. butyracea in two regions of the south-Sudanian phytogeographic zone of Burkina Faso. Stem d...
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Native tree foods contribute to food and nutrition security, health and income generation in sub-Saharan Africa. However, the specific contribution of native tree foods to nutrition is poorly documented in science and often not acknowledged in poverty reduction strategies. This review gives an overview on the content of carbohydrates, proteins, fat...
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Plantago species are widely used in natural medicine, but the effect of growth conditions on the chemical content of leaves is poorly understood. Three species of Plantago and three varieties of Plantago major L. were grown in greenhouse and outdoors to investigate effects on the content and composition of three bioactive caffeic acid derivatives (...
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Background: Insects play an important role as a diet supplement in Burkina Faso, but the preferred insect species vary according to the phytogeographical zone, ethnic groups, and gender. The present study aims at documenting indigenous knowledge on edible insects in Burkina Faso. Methods: A structured ethno-sociological survey was conducted with 36...
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The report provides lists of the flora and discusses the potentials for conservation
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Fruits of Ximenia americana have socio-economic value for the local people in West Africa. Understanding the possible influence of climate conditions on fruit production is a basis for better exploitation planning and sustainable management of the species. This study aims to assess the fruit production of X. americana according to tree size across...
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Land degradation is a major issue in the West African Sahel for human livelihoods. A better understanding of soil and water conservation practices‟ effects on soil nutrients is necessary for their further development. A study was conducted on encrusted sealed bare Luvisols in Central and Northern Burkina Faso to assess the effects of half-moon (HM)...
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Land degradation is a major issue in the West African Sahel for human livelihoods. A better understanding of soil and water conservation practices‟ effects on soil nutrients is necessary for their further development. A study was conducted on encrusted sealed bare Luvisols in Central and Northern Burkina Faso to assess the effects of half-moon (HM)...
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Non-timber forest product (NTFP) providing species constitute substantial components of West African agroforestry systems and contribute considerably to local livelihoods. The aim of our study was to measure the annual economic contribution of NTFPs to local livelihoods in two villages of south-eastern Burkina Faso, focusing on the following specif...
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Knowledge about the biogeographic affinities of the world’s tropical forests helps to better understand regional differences in forest structure, diversity, composition, and dynamics. Such understanding will enable anticipation of region-specific responses to global environmental change. Modern phylogenies, in combination with broad coverage of spe...
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Nontimber forest products are a source of income for women in rural African communities. However, these products are frequently damaged by insect pests. The present study investigates the diversity and damage rates of insect pests that attack Carapa procera seeds and Lophira lanceolata fruits. The experiment was set up in western Burkina Faso and,...
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Desertification and land degradation are worldwide problems affecting soil, vegetation and the livelihoods of rural populations. Bowal (plural bowé) is a particular form of degraded land that occurs in tropical regions and leads to the exposure of ferricretes, which are unsuitable for farming. Bowé are more common on farmland and degraded savanna....
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Over the last decades agroforestry parklands in Burkina Faso have come under increasing demographic as well as climatic pressures, which are threatening indigenous tree species that contribute substantially to income generation and nutrition in rural households. Analyzing the threats as well as the species vulnerability to them is fundamental for p...
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Annona senegalensis. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Bombax costatum. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Georeferenced tree distribution records. (XLSX)
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Acacia macrostachya. Threat magnitude levels of (a) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Acacia senegal. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Adansonia digitata. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Lannea microcarpa. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Parkia biglobosa. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Ximenia americana. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Balanites aegyptiaca. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Sclerocarya birrea. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Tamarindus indica. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Vitellaria paradoxa. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Ziziphus mauritiana. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)
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Strychnos spinosa. Threat magnitude levels of (A) ‘Overexploitation’, (B) ‘Overgrazing’, (C) ‘Fire’, (D) ‘Climate change’, (E) ‘Cotton production’, (F) ‘Mining’ and (G) ‘Combined threat’. (TIF)