Thierry D. Houehanou

Thierry D. Houehanou
University of Abomey-Calavi | UAC · Laboratory of Applied Ecology (LEA)

PhD

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Background : Termites are social insects filling many ecological functions and ecosystem services in tropical ecosystems, and are also used differently for human well-being in several parts of the world. Documenting their use knowledge and associated threats are fundamental for their sustainability. Thus, this study aimed at analysing use knowledge...
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Little is known about folk perception of pearl millet livestock fodder status across the Niger republic. Thus, this work assesses farmers' perceptions of the main pearl millet accessions fodder performance features in Niger. To that end, we: (i) Identify farmers' criteria for choosing pearl millet accessions fodder-profile, (ii) Analyze the farmer...
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Sheep and goats are two of the main animal species raised in Benin and one of the main sources of income for people living in rural areas. Faced with the inaccessibility of synthetic veterinary products and their low purchasing power, the majority of breeders use ethnoveterinary practices to treat small ruminants diseases. The specific objectives o...
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Ethnopharmacological relevance: Plant parts are often used by local people to treat their affections. This study addressed the classification of diseases treated with woody species in Benin and the dependence of medicinal use of woody species on climatic zones. Aim of the study: It reports (i) the main diseases categories treated with woody spec...
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Morphological characterization is the first step in studying the genetic diversity of cultivated plants. The present study examined agro-morphological performance of the pearl millet local accessions collected across the Niger country, aimed to: (a) characterize, (b) discriminate morphologically the pearl millet accessions groups and (c) identify t...
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In Benin, rural populations depend heavily on woody plant resources to meet their daily needs. With a rapidly growing population, the woody species of the Guineo-Congolese zone of Benin are subjected to strong harvesting pressure. It is in this context that this study was conducted in this area to assess the vulnerability of woody species used in t...
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Smallholder farmers make intensive use of anthelmintic plant species in the traditional treatment of animal parasitic infections. As a result, populations of these plant species are exposed to increased disturbances such as plant harvesting, threatening their stability. Information on population structure of threatened plant species is important no...
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Background: Small ruminant health problems still represent a major constraint in Benin. Thus, to treat goats and sheep diseases, breeders use medicinal plants. However, little scientific work has been done on the traditional knowledge of these plants.The specific objectives of the current study were (i) to document the traditional knowledge regardi...
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The aim of this study was to determine the mass yield of wood carbonization technique in the municipality of Djougou in northwest Benin. For this purpose, 57 charcoal burners were the subject of an investigation and 12 millstones of charcoal including 4 green and 8 deadwoods were followed. At the end of this study, it appears that in the commune of...
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Please note that following publication of the original article [1], Figs. 4, 5 and 6 in the article have been updated to remove oblique lines that were erroneously rendered in the figures.
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Background: An ethnobotanical study was conducted in the eight regions of Niger to identify local knowledge variation of millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br) uses. In fact, the level of individual knowledge can be affected by many factors such as gender, age, ethnicity, occupation, religious and cultural beliefs, etc. This study documented indig...
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Predicted effects of climate change (CC) on plant species distribution have raised concerns on their conservation and domestication. Appropriate stand density may enhance species ability to adapt to CC. Therefore, combining species distribution modeling (SDM) and spatial pattern of density should provide insightful information for setting conservat...
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Sarcocephalus latifolius (Sm.) E. A. Bruce is a plant used traditionally to treat a wide range of infectious diseases, including foodborne ones. This study aimed to compare its roots and leaves extract antibacterial effects in vitro. Thus, these organs were collected, dried and powdered for the extractions and phytochemical screening. Four extracts...
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Raffias' species are used in handcrafts, constructions, food processing etc. But in Benin, any quantitative ethnobotanical study was not evaluated for their use and socioeconomic impact of uses on average income. This study investigated the importance of use of raffias' species and the impact of socioeconomic characteristics of informants on the ho...
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Afzelia africana Sm. is a tree species found in different climatic conditions affected by chronic human disturbance. It is known that trees can respond to their environments by changing their morphological traits. Also, as plants store their reserves in fruits, seeds and leaves, long-lasting disturbance may impact morphological traits of fruits, se...
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Premise: Afzelia africana (Fabaceae) is a valuable, internationally vulnerable tree species in tropical Africa. The development of specific simple sequence repeat (SSR) loci is necessary for population genetic studies in this tree species and its closest relatives. Methods and results: Fifteen new polymorphic microsatellite markers were develope...
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Isoberlinia doka Craib & Stapf and Isoberlinia tomentosa (Harms) Craib & Stapf are both native African tree species. Although considered of little value in the past, they are now proving useful to local populations. In Central Benin, traditional knowledge on the genus Isoberlinia is widely applied in local development strategies, but little documen...
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Quantitative ethnobotany researches can contribute much to guide biodiversity conservation, especially in developing countries. Our study presents a step-by-step approach to identify priority species for local conservation of useful woody species. The presented approach includes (1) an investigation of the popularity and versatility of woody specie...
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Human‐modified systems come as innovative ones necessary to be more understood to attain biodiversity conservation goals. This study aimed to assess the effect of human disturbance on the population structure of Pterocarpus erinaceus in different land use types (Highly protected area, Moderately protected area and Non‐protected area) in Sudanian sa...
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A la suite du livre « Habitats and plant species of the Biosphere Reserve of Pendjari », ce livre est le deuxième de la série d’outils didactiques importants pour le suivi de la dynamique des habitats de la Réserve de Biosphère de la Pendjari (RBP). Les principaux habitats des espèces animales de la RBP ont été présentés, l’usage du feu comme out...
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Understanding interactions of elephants with threatened plant species is crucial to guide conservation decisions in protected areas (PAs). This study focused on the dioecious palm Borassus aethiopum Mart. in the Pendjari National Park (PNP). The aim was to assess elephant damages to the palm, and compare the stand structure (adult sex-ratio, densit...
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L’objectif de cette étude est d’évaluer au Bénin l’efficacité du réseau des aires protégées dans la conservation des habi- tats favorables et prioritaires de certaines espèces ligneuses d’importance socio-éco- nomique. Il s’agit de Afzelia africana, Anogeissus leiocarpa, Burkea africana, Daniellia oliveri, Detarium microcarpum, Prosopis africana et...
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The purpose of this study is to assess the local knowledge on the habitats and uses of Lippia multiflora in Benin. A total of 180 households distributed in four ethnic groups in the Sudano-Guinean (Mahi, Bariba and Peulh) and the Sudanian zones (Boo and Peulh) in Benin were surveyed. The perception of the local population on the habitats and use of...
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This study assessed the woody flora composition of Afzelia africana Sm. habitats along a latitudinal gradient, from the northern limit of the species distribution to the Guinean littoral forest. Data were collected from 201 sample units located in different vegetation types that span four bioclimatic zones: Guinean, Sudano-Guinean, Sudanian and Sah...
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Understanding the role of termite mounds in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is a priority for the management of tropical terrestrial protected areas dominated by savannahs. This study aimed to assess the effects of termite mounds on the diversity of plant functional types (PFTs) and herbaceous' net aboveground primary productivity (NAPP) in...
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This study aims to analyze the perception of farmers from the effects of climate change on the production of cashew nuts in the town of Savalou. Thus 210 farmers were surveyed in the Municipality of Savalou based on a semi-structured questionnaire. The data collected relate to the socio-cultural characteristics of the planters, their perception of...
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Diversity, pastoral and conservation priorities of fodder trees in the Sudano-Guinean pasture lands of Benin. Description of the subject. Fodder trees are important for livestock survival in dryland Africa. In view of the pressure faced by these trees, and their consequent rarity noted in rangelands, a study was conducted in the Sudano-Guinean tran...
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Le souci de rendre comparable et reproductible les résultats en ethnobotanique par des inférences, a entraîné l’apparition de beaucoup d’outils quantitatifs dans les recherches en ethnobotanique quantitative ces deux dernières décennies. Ce travail de synthèse bibliographique vise à identifier les approches méthodologiques les plus utilisées en eth...
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Description of the subject Fodder trees are important for livestock survival in dryland Africa. In view of the pressure faced by these trees, and their consequent rarity noted in rangelands, a study was conducted in the Sudano-Guinean transition zone of Benin at the level of the local population surrounding the protected forests of Monts Kouffé, Wa...
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The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of protected areas in Benin for the conservation of favourable and priority habitats for the following tree species of socio-economic importance: Afzelia africana, Anogeissus leiocarpa, Burkea africana, Daniellia oliveri, Detarium microcarpum, Prosopis africana and Khaya senegalensis. We combine...
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Spatial patterns (SP) of treefall by elephants is known to be clustered across landscapes as a result of food selection and group foraging. Yet, few studies have explicitly elucidated how elephant pressure (EP) alters SP and tree-to-tree distance of tree species especially for dioecious plant species, at stand scale. Using the pair-correlation func...
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Hyphaene thebaica (dum palm) is an important tree species that grows wild in the semi-arid regions of tropical Africa. Increased knowledge on the effect of stress on the propagation and establishment of these plants is needed to optimise its domestication. This study assessed the physical characteristics of H. thebaica fruit harvested from three ph...
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Raffias' species are used in handcrafts, constructions, food processing etc. But in Benin, any quantitative ethnobotanical study was not evaluated for their use and socioeconomic impact of uses on average income. This study investigated the importance of use of raffias' species and the impact of socioeconomic characteristics of informants on the ho...
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Over the world, one of perspective challenges in biodiversity conservation is how to meet effective conservation of threatened species. In this frame, endangered African tree species is becoming a priority that should attract development of conservation strategies. Since biotechnology is developing rapidly as conservation strategies of biodiversity...
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Anthropogenic disturbances and climatic variations are presumed to alter species population structures. In this study,we assessed the population structure of the endangered species, Afzelia africana across gradients of climate and human disturbances. Dendrometric variables such as regeneration and tree density, mean diameter, basal area and height...
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Les raphias sont utilisés à des fins alimentaires, artisanales, en construction et en médecine. Malheureusement très peu d’études ont été consacrées aux connaissances endogènes, à la diversité des usages et à leur potentiel économique au Bénin. Afin d’évaluer leurs valeurs ethnobotaniques, d’identifier les facteurs socioéconomiques déterminant leur...
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Savannahs are widespread vegetation type in Sudanian zone of Africa. As protected areas are often assumed to be the best way to conserve biodiversity, we assessed the effectiveness of the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve in Benin, for maintaining savannah woody species composition, diversity and structure. Square plots of 900 m2 were randomly established...
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Introduction. Shea tree (V. paradoxa C.F. Gaertn.), a species endemic to the Sudanian savanna woodlands, is dominant in the parklands of West Africa where it is of great socioeconomic importance. However, shea tree has been reported in recent decades to be threatened by plant parasites, Loranthaceae. Our study aimed to assess possible variation of...
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Savannahs are widespread vegetation type in Sudanian zone of Africa. As protected areas are often assumed to be the best way to conserve biodiversity, we assessed the effectiveness of the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve in Benin, for maintaining savannah woody species composition, diversity and structure. Square plots of 900 m2 were randomly established...
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Black plum (Vitex doniana) is an indigenous fruit tree species important for the livelihoods of rural populations. Currently, there is renewed national and international interest in black plum, and it has emerged as a priority species for domestication in Africa. The present work addressed farmers' indigenous knowledge of the use and management of...
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Background and aims – The Shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), a multi-purpose species highly valued for the oil obtained from its seeds, is commonly maintained in the semi-arid parklands in West African Sudanian zone. However, most of the trees were reported to be infested with mistletoes – plant parasites that may lead to death of the Shea tree and t...
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RESUME En Afrique au Sud du Sahara, les systèmes d'élevage sont diversifiés et par conséquent leur étude s'avère indispensable. Ainsi, une enquête portant sur le système d'élevage bovin et l'étude de la structure des terroirs agricoles a été conduite dans l'arrondissement d'Angaradébou (zone périphérique de la Djona) du département de l'Alibori. L'...
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Anogeissus leiocarpa is a dominant plant species of woodlands on non-flooded soils. This species is a more used fire wood in peripheral of the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve (PBR). The present study examines the dynamic of the species’ population using the size class distribution in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve comparatively to surrounding areas. Globall...

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Overall developmental objective Contribute to food security and the fight against malnutrition through improved sustainable management and use of a selected number of edible tree/shrub species. Overall research objectives (i) Make a literature review and inventory local knowledge and practices on native edible tree/shrub species and products. (ii) Assess/characterize biochemical compounds and nutritional value of native edible tree/shrub products. (iii) Analyze and develop value chains and improve marketing and processing of selected edible tree/shrub products for longer shelf life and improved nutritional quality. (iv) Develop locally adapted domestication of high-potential native edible tree/shrub species (v) Strengthen institutional and innovation capacity of local communities.