University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
Achille Ephrem Assogbadjo is an agronomist and forester with special interest of wild edible plants and crop wild relative species. Doctor in Applied Biological Sciences, he has experience in population genetic, ethnobotany, conservation and domestication of forest genetic resources used by indigenous people. He is member of the medicinal and edible forest plants network of the South Saharan African Forest Genetic Program (SAFORGEN), Society of Economic Botany, IUCN World Commission on Protected Area (WCPA), Biodiversity and Biotechnology Network (InWEnt), Society for Ecological Restoration International, as well as of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) specialist group on wild crop relatives for which he is a regional leader for Sub Saharan Africa Region (2008-2011). As such, he has already been involved in several projects on ecosystems management, sustainable management of natural resources and/or endangered plant species conservation and domestication (e.g, Caesalpinia bonduc, Pterocarpus erinaceus, Adansonia digitata, Milicia excelsa, Pentadesma butyracea, Khaya senegalensis, Afzelia africana, etc..). His scientific research since 2000 up to now has yielded more than 50 scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals, books and proceedings of scientific conferences. As such, his research activities helped him to won three international prizes: “Ebi Kimanani Memorial Fellowship Award” in 2008 (Peru), “Heinz and Johannes Prize for the best scientific research paper on ecology in Africa” in 2009 (Germany) and “Prize of the Belgian development Cooperation” in 2010.
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