“Sorghum: Properties, Synthesis and Applications”, Book Edited By Prof Valentin M. Kindomihou at Nova Science Publishers, in New York, USA

Abstract

The applications of sorghum, which have significant impacts on human and animal development, have recently increased. This book includes chapters derived from original research and the synthesis of current knowledge on specific topics in the field. It is an original collection of research findings or summaries of articles from around the world that are part of discussions on the status of sorghum and its applications in various areas of development. This volume addresses physiological, ecological, functional and genetic foundations of sorghum through the examination of theories and case studies that explain various properties, synthesis and applications. The chapters address, respectively, sorghum attributes, heterosis association and molecular mapping for grains traits, ecophysiology, reproductive competence, molecular mechanism of flowering time control, sensory and nutritional properties, mechanisms involved in allelochemical biosynthesis, and applications of bioactive compounds, i.e., polyphenolic and acidic phenolics.

This book offers essential approaches including: (i) A generic and rapid way to combine the diversity of single nucleotide polymorphisms with heterosis, which facilitates the dissection of the molecular mechanisms underlying the quality and quantity of grains in an important sorghum crop; (ii) the principles and processes of extrusion in order to obtain grains of good sensory and nutritional characteristics; (iii) the indicators in assessing the role of sorghum as a source of energy in the productivity of poultry farming systems; and (iv) some characteristics of root and foliar responses to water stress of a genotype amenable to genetic modification. It also makes a sweeping analysis concerning the progress of current research in the floral transition of sorghum and the photoperiod response.

The final chapter highlights the importance of bioactive compounds of sorghum species, mainly in fighting diseases related to human nutrition. Case studies from around the world were reported, giving readers a real view of the extent of sorghum properties along with real-world applications. This book can be used as a reference for students, scholars, professionals and political decision-makers involved in the study and management of sorghum.

This book gives to readers a real view of the extent of sorghum properties along with real-world applications strategies. It provides references to students, scholars, professionals and political decision- makers involved in the study and management of properties, synthesis and applications of sorghum.

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1. Properties, Synthesis and Applications of Sorghum: The Manna behind the Rustic?
(Valentin Missiakô Kindomihou, Laboratory of Applied Ecology, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin)

Chapter 2. Heterosis Association Mapping for Grain Quality and Yield Related Traits Quantity in Sorghum Bicolor Diallel Implicates the Prevalence of Dominance Complementation
(Imri Ben-Israel, Dhruv Aditya Srivastava, Chengsong Zhu, Habte Nida, Jianming Yu, Eyal Fridman, Plant Sciences Institute, Volcani Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Bet Dagan, Israel, and others)

Chapter 3. Characterization of the Root, Biomass, Leaf, and Protein Content of Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) and Corn (Zea mays L.) Grown under Two Different Water Conditions
(Roland A. Yaovi Holou and Valentin M. Kindomihou, Biochemistry Department, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, US, and others)

Chapter 4. Photoperiodism and Control of Flowering Time in Sorghum
(Tezera W. Wolabu and Million Tadege, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Institute for Agricultural Biosciences, Oklahoma State University, OK, US)

Chapter 5. Physicochemical and Nutritional Properties of Whole White Grain Sorghum Extruded under Different Extrusion Conditions
(Emilce E. Llopart and Silvina R. Drago, Instituto de Tecnología de Alimentos, CONICET, Facultad de Ingeniería Química, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina)

Chapter 6. The Use of Sorghum as an Energy Source in Poultry Diets
(Monnye Mabelebele, Rob Mervyn Gous, Helen Victoria Massey O’Neil and Paul Ade Iji, University of South Africa, College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, Florida Campus, Rooderport, Johannesburg, South Africa, and others)

Chapter 7. Applications of Bioactive Compounds from Sorghum Species
(Monica Butnariu and Alina Butu, Banat’s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine “King Michael I of Romania” from Timisoara, Timis, Romania, and others)

 

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Sorghum: Properties, Synthesis and Applications

About the Author

Valentin M. Kindomihou, Ph.D. (ULB-Belgium, 2005) is applied ecologist and Associate Professor of Animal Production and Agrostology at The UAC (Benin), holding an Agricultural Engineer degree (Benin, 1995), MBA in Environmental Management (Niger, 1999), MS in Plant Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics (Belgium, 2001) and Matsumae International Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow’ Medal (Japan, 2006). His main field research is Grass and Forage Science while teaching courses including Forage Management and Ecophysiology, Agroforestry for Animal Production, Ecological Foundations and Environmental Issues for sustainable development, and Methods for studying Animal Breeding Systems. His research had resulted in over 75 publications. To learn more, visit:  https://www.leabenin-fsauac.net/en/profiles/valentin-kindomihou

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Valentin Missiakô KINDOMIHOU

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Head, Research Unit of Forage Ecophysiology and Improvement, Laboratory of Applied Ecology, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi
  • Scientific Secretary of Doctoral Training in Animal Resources Management
  • Member of the Scientific Sectorial Committee of Agronomic Sciences
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the University of Abomey-Calavi
  • Head, Scientific Council of The Higher School of Management SERENA (Private University), Cotonou, Benin
  • Publisher of more than 75 scientific papers, more than 5 book chapters
  • Visiting Scientist at Federal University of Agriculture of Abeokuta (Nigeria), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), University Check Anta Diop (Senegal), University of Njala (Sierra Leone), University of Coventry (UK), Okayama University (Japan), Free University of Brussels (Belgium).
  • Member of about 5 international scientific groups including International Society for Silicon in Agriculture and related Disciplines (ISSAg), Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA), Beninese Association of Pastoralism (ABePa).
  • Supervisor of 2 PhD graduates, co-supervisor of more than 8 PhD graduates, 5 Masters Students and more than 12 Bachelors Students
  • Reviewer of journals including Crop and Pasture Science, Flora, Genetics and Biodiversity Journal, Annals of Agronomic Sciences, Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Journal of Agronomy, Journal of Applied Biosciences, International Research Journal of Plant Science, International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health, International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research.
  • Board Member of Journal of Organic Agriculture and Environment (FUNAAB, Nigeria), Genetics and Biodiversity Journal. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

03 B.P. 1974 Cotonou, Benin

Cell: (229) 95 02 30 58 / 61 19 75 26

Fax: (229) 21 30 30 84

E-Mail: [email protected]

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EDUCATION

  • Ph.D, Free University of Brussels (Belgium), Interfaculty School of Bioengineers, 2005, Major: Agronomy (Grasslands and Forage Sciences)
  • MS, Free University of Brussels (Belgium) 2002, Major: Evolutionary Genetics and Plant Ecology
  • MBA, University of Niamey, Faculty of Agronomy, Niger, 1999, Major: Environment Management and Agrarian Systems
  • Agricultural Engineering Degree, University of Abomey-Calavi, 1995, Major: Animal Production
  • BS, University of Abomey-Calavi, 1992, Major: Agronomy
  • High School Diploma, Major: Chemistry, Biology and Geology (Diplôme du Baccalauréat Série Scientifique D), Lycée Toffa 1er, Benin, 1987

SKILLS AND EXPERTISE

Agronomy, Applied Ecology, Ecology and Management of natural forage plants, Bio monitoring of Rangeland Ecosystems for ruminants production, Agroforestry innovations for animal production, Poverty alleviation, Forage crops and sustainable development, Forage management, Pastoral ecology and climate change, Livestock systems, Environmental protection, Agrarian systems improvement, Research in Ecological and organic livestock production, Organic forage cropping, Forage stocking and conservation, Human Development.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Future: Biomass and Energy for Development, Tropical grass silicification – covariation patterns with phenolic compounds, Conservation and management of forage reserves, Modeling the grass silicification – improving digestibility and nutritive value.

Present: Research in Ecological and organic livestock production, organic forage cropping, Biodiversity and conservation of rare pastures, Adaptation of tropical fodder species to warming – specificity of Ecological Farming, Biofuels Potentials of tropical grass species, Sustainable management and ethnobotany of biofuel crops, Forage Intensification: DRIS elaboration for tropical forages cropping, Tropical grass silicification – covariation patterns with organic structural compounds, Functional traits analysis in tropical forage species, Vulnerability of tropical fodder species to warming, Specificity of organic farming, Sustainable management of biofuel crops.

Past: Domestication of fodder grass species as a tool for Biodiversity conservation in grasslands, Grassland ecology and biomass valuation, Tropical Grass Silicification: Genetic variations, influence of growth conditions and relation to foliar structure, Vegetation fire used as a tool for grassland management, Tools for management and Sustainable Use of Natural vegetation in West Africa (SUN-EU), Role of Traditional Health Care in the fight against HIV/AIDS

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Home Courses: Agrostology (from 2007); Forage Management (from 2008), (ii) Livestock and agro-forestry systems (from 2013), (iii) Ecophysiology and Improvement of forage plants (from 2012), (iv) Methods for studying livestock systems (from 2014), (v) Agroforestry for Animal Production (from 2016), (vi) Animal Nutrition and Environment (From 2016), (vii) Professional Insertion Training (from 2010)

Guest courses (i) International Advanced Organic Agriculture and Green Economy Training Programme (Lagos, Nigeria, 2016), (ii) Organic Policy issues, certification and trade opportunities (FUNAAB, Nigeria, 2015); (iii) Ecological Foundations for sustainable development   (2013-2017); (iv) Global Environmental Issues (Peace Corps Volunteers, 2013 – 2016), (v) Local Environmental Issues (Peace Corps Volunteers, 2013 – 2016)

SELECTED GEOGRAPHICAL REGION OF EXPERIENCE

Benin, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Japan, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, UK, USA

EXPERIENCE IN RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Tools for management and Sustainable Use of Natural vegetation in West Africa (SUN – EU, 2007-2011)
  • West African Network for Organic Agriculture Research and Training (WANOART 2009-2013)
  • Ecological and Organic Agriculture (2014-2018)
  • ICT4SCP: Empowering Farmers for Sustainable Crop Production using Mobile Phones (2018-2021) DCI-PANAF/2015/307-078 Reference: HRST/ST/AURG-II/CALL2/2018 (African Union)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • International Society for Silicon in Agriculture and related Disciplines (ISSAg) (2014)
  • Grassland Society of Southern Africa (2008)
  • Beninese Association of Pastoralism (1995)

HONORS AND AWARDS (SELECTED)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Matsumae International Foundation in Plant stress, Nutrition, Ecophysiology and Molecular Biology, Tokyo, Japan, 2006.
  • Silver Medalist of Matsumae International Foundation (Tokyo, Japan) for the contribution to the advanced research in “Silicon in Agriculture”: case of tropical Grasses species. Tokyo-Japan, 2006.
  • Nominated Member of International Conferences Committees of the World Academy of Science, Engineery and Technology (WASET-USA), since 2011.
  • Representative for Research and Training of the National Ecological Organic Agriculture Steering Committee (NESC-Kenya/UK), since 2013.
  • Representative of UAC in the West African Network for Organic Agriculture Research and Training sponsored by the European Union (Cambridge-UK). 2008 −2013
  • Scholarship for training in organic agriculture research at the University of Coventry (United Kingdom, August – September 2009.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates and Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa (BecA-ILRI) Scholarship for participation to the International Workshop on the techniques of writing articles and scientific reports mastered by Scriptoria-UK, at ILRI, Addis – Ababa, Ethiopia. November 2009.
  • ICRAF Scholarship for research on the performance of Tropical forage grasses and legumes associations, MS research, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, June 1993.
  • Cooperation for Development (DRI-Belgium) Scholarship for research on the Tropical grasses silicification.
  • Organic Agriculture Expert for the Partnership with Regional Food Developers Initiative; RCI/08/F07/P33/AAU. 2009.
  • Funding for research on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources: sustainability indicators (SUN- EU/FP6). 2007-2010.
  • National grants, AUF, LEA-UAC, CUD & DRI-Belgium, 1992 – 2005.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  1. Moussa H. Soumana I. Chaïbou M., Souleymane O., Kindomihou V. 2017. Potentialités fourragères du mil (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br) : Revue de littérature. Journal of Animal & Plant Sciences 34(2): 5424-5447. ISSN 2071-7024; http://www.m.elewa.org/JAPS.
  2. Tosso F., Sikirou R., Kindomihou V., Assogbadjo E. A., Mensah G.A. 2017. Efficiency of botanical extracts on bee pests in the north-western of Benin. Academia Journal of Agricultural Research 5(11): 331-339. DOI: 10.15413/ajar.2017.0127.
  3. Zinsalo R., Akouehou G., Kindomihou V., Sinsin B. 2017. Facies de végétation et caractérisation pastorale des agrosystèmes à Elaeis guineensis dans le périmètre Zè-Allada-Toffo au Sud-Benin. International Journal for Biological and Chemical Sciences 11(3): 1135-1144. Doi: 10.4314/ijbcs.v11i3.17
  4. Kindomihou MV., Sinsin B., Holou RYA, Ambouta J-M K, Gruber W., Adjolohoun S., Houinato M., Herbauts J., Lejoly J., Meerts P. 2016. The effect of seasonal variations, covariations with minerals and forage value on Itchgrass’ foliar silicification from Sudanian Benin. Silicon 8(4):487-496.  DOI 10.1007/s12633-015-9355-y
  5. Koura T. W., Kindomihou V., Dagbenonbakin G. Janssens M, Sinsin B. 2016. Quantitative assessment of palm oil wastes generated by mills in Southern Benin. AfricanJournal of Agricultural Research 11(19): 1787-1796. DOI: 10.5897/AJAR2013.8124.
  6. Agbangba C. E., Sossa E. L., Dagbenonbakin G. D., Tovihoudji P., Kindomihou V2016. Modeling the Pineaple (Cayenne lisse) to Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium on ferralitic soils in Benin. Revue CAMES – Science de la vie, de la terre et agronomie 4(2): 12-25. ISSN 2424-7235
  7. Koura T, Dagbénonbakin D, Kindomihou V, Sinsin B. 2015. Effect of composting of palm oil mill wastes and organic manure on tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) growth and yield. Journal of Organic Agriculture and Environment 3: 56 – 64.
  8. Koura T, Dagbénonbakin D, Kindomihou V, Sinsin B. 2015. Effect of co composting of palm oil mill wastes and cow dung or poultry manure on Amaranthus hybridus growth and yield. Journal of Applied Biosciences 86: 7918-7927.
  9. Koura T.W., Dagbenonbakin G.D., Kindomihou V.M., Sinsin B.A. 2015. Farmers’ background and diversity of uses of Palm oil Wastes for sustainable agriculture in Southern Benin Republic. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 31(1): 35-44. DOI: 10.1080/01448765.2014.964316
  10. Avakoudjo J, Kouélo AF, Kindomihou V, Ambouta K, Sinsin B. 2015. Effet de l’érosion hydrique sur les caractéristiques physico-chimiques du sol des zones d’érosion (Dongas) dans la Commune de Karimama au Bénin. Agronomie Africaine 27 (2): 127-143.
  11. Bio Oure R., Daouda I H A, Kindomihou V. M., Mensah G. A. 2015. Inventaire, structure morpho-métrique et importance des varans sacrés de Kandi (Nord-Est Bénin).International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences 9(6): 2663-2675. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ijbcs.v9i6.12
  12. Kindomihou M.V., Saïdou A., Sinsin B. 2014.Response to Fertilizer of Native Grasses (Pennisetum polystachion and Setaria sphacelata) and Legume (Tephrosia pedicellata) of Savannah in Sudanian Benin. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 3(3): 142-146. DOI: 10.11648/j.aff.20140303.11
  13. Koura T.W., Dagbenonbakin G. D., Kindomihou V.M., Harris P., Sinsin B.A. 2014. Palm oil mill waste importance and its management in a sustainability context in Southern Benin. Revue du CAMES, option Sciences de la vie, de la terre et Agronomie 2(1):50-57.
  14. Saïdou A., Gnakpenou K.D., Balogoun I., Hounnahin S.R., Kindomihou M.V. 2014. Effet de l’urée et du NPK 15-15-15 perlés et super granulés sur la productivité des variétés de riz IR841 et NERICA-L14 en zone de bas-fond au Sud-Bénin. Journal of Applied Biosciences 77:6575 – 6589.  DOI:10.4314/jab.v77i1.13
  15. Holou R.A.Y.,Stevens W., Rhine M., Heiser J., Shannon G., Kindomihou V., Sinsin B. 2014. Sweet Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] Biomass Production for Biofuel and the Effects of Soil Types and Nitrogen Fertilization. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 45(21): 2778-2793. DOI:10.1080/00103624.2014.950424
  16. Kindomihou M.V., Glele Kakai L.R., Assogbadjo A.E., Holou R.A.Y., Sinsin B.A.2013. Environmentally induced variation in germination percentage and energy of naked caryopses of Loxodera ledermannii (Pilger) W.D. Clayton ex Launert in subhumid Benin (West Africa). Advances in Environmental Biology 7(2): 320-329.
  17. Houehanou T.D, Kindomihou V., Stevart Tariq, Tente Brice, Houinato M., Sinsin B. 2013. Variation of Loranthaceae impact on Vitellaria paradoxa C. F. Gaertn. Fruit yield in contrasting habitats and implications for its conservation. Fruits 68(1): 109-120. DOI: 10.1051/fruits/2013057.
  18. Dagbenonbakin D.G, Kindomihou V., Agbangba E.C., Sokpon N., Sinsin B. 2013. Diagnosis and recommendation integrated system (DRIS) model establishment for diagnosing Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) nutrient status in Benin (West Africa). Scientific Research and Essays 8(25): 1562-1569. DOI: 10.5897/SRE11.779.
  19. Holou R.A.Y., Stevens G., Kindomihou V2013. Return of aboveground nutrients by switchgrass into surrounding soil during senescence. Biofuels 4(2): 169-183. DOI: 10.4155/BFS.12.79
  20. Koura T.W., Adedokun T., Aiyelaagbe I.O.O., Kindomihou V., Harris P., B. Sinsin. 2013. Growth and Yield of Three Indigenous Vegetables (Amaranthus caudatus, Celosia argentea L., Corchorus olitorius L.) Grown in Soil Supplemented with Poultry Manure. Nigerian Society of the Experimental Biology Journal 13(1&2): 13-18.
  21. Avakoudjo J., Kindomihou V., Akponikpe P.I., Thiombiano A., Sinsin B. 2013. Essences végétales et techniques de restauration des  zones d’érosion (dongas) du Parc W et de sa périphérie à Karimama (Nord-Bénin). Journal of Applied Biosciences 69:5496 – 5509.
  22. Adjolohoun S., Dahouda M., Adandedjan C., Toleba S. S., Kindomihou V., Sinsin B. 2013. Evaluation of biomass production and nutritive value of nine Panicum maximumecotypes in Central region of Benin. African Journal of Agricultural Research 8(17): 1661-1668. DOI: 10.5897/AJAR 12.2026.
  23. Adjolohoun S., Bindelle J., Adandedjan C., Toléba S.S., Houinato M., Kindomihou V., Nonfon M.R.V., Sinsin B. 2013. Impact of row spacing and nitrogen fertilization on the yield and quality of Brachiaria ruziziensis seeds in humid subtropical climates. Fourrages 216339 – 345.
  24. Kindomihou M.V, Holou A.Y.R., Dagbenonbakin D.G., Sinsin B.A., Meerts P.J. 2012.Temporal change in silica accumulation, covariations with foliar minerals and fodder value of Loxodera ledermannii (Pilger) ex Launert from the sudanian Benin (Western Africa). International Journal of Academic ResearchNatural and Applied Sciences 4(3): 144-152. DOI: 10.7813/2075-4124.2012
  25. Houehanou T.D., Glele Kakai R., Assogbadjo A., Kindomihou V., Houinato M., Witting R., Sinsin B. 2012Change in the woody floristic composition, diversity and structure from protected to unprotected savannahs in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve (Benin, West Africa). African Journal of Ecology, 51: 358-365. DOI: 10.1111/aje.12046.
  26. Houngbo N. E., Mongbo R., Homevo A. C., Djego J. G., Kindomihou V., Floquet A., Sinsin B2012. Genre et pauvreté chronique en milieu rural au BeninLes Cahiers du Centre Béninois de Recherches Scientifiques et Techniques 2(12): 147-165.
  27. Kindomihou M.V., Holou A.Y.R., Dagbénonbakin D.G., Sinsin B.A., Meerts P.J. 2012. Temporal change in silica accumulation, covariations with foliar minerals and fodder value of Loxodera ledermannii (Pilger) ex Launert from the sudanian Benin (Western Africa). International Journal of Academic Research, Natural and Applied Sciences 4(3): 144-152. DOI: 10.7813/2075-4124.2012.
  28. Padonou E.A., Kindomihou M.V., Djègo J.G., Sinsin B.A. 2012. “Diversity of Medicinal Plants and Preliminary Parameterization of their Uses in Benin (Western Africa)”. Journal of Asian Scientific Research 2(4): 212-220.
  29. Ngom D., Bakhoum A., Kindomihou V., Diatta S., Akpo L.E. 2012. Firewood potential production of three sahelian woody species (Grewia bicolor, Pterocarpus lucens and Combretum glutinosum) in Ferlo (Northern Senegal). Advances in Environmental Biology 6(8): 2329-2334.
  30. Aba Toumnou L., Seck D., Kindomihou V., Agbangba C. E., Sembene M. 2012. Medicinal Plants Used in some rural districts in Senegal. American-Eurasian Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 6(4): 325-332.
  31. Dagbénonbakin G.D., Agbangba E.C.,  Kindomihou V. 2012. Preliminary DRIS model parameters for mineral nutrition assessment of groundnut (Arachis hypogea L.) in Benin (West Africa). Annales de l’Université de Parakou, Série “Sciences Naturelles – Agronomie” 2 (2): 71-91.
  32. Kindomihou M.V., Dagbénonbakin G.D., Bognonkpè J.P., Sinsin B.A., Meerts P.J. 2011. Silica concentration is related to leaf traits but not to a specific anatomical tissue in tropical fodder grass species.European Journal of Scientific Research 62(4): 559-570.
  33. Holou R.A.Y., Kindomihou V. 2011. Impact of Nitrogen Fertilization on the oil, protein, starch, and ethanol yield of Corn [Zea mays (L)] grown for Biofuel Production. Journal of Life Sciences 5(12): 1013-1021.
  34. Holou R.A.Y., Stevens G., Kindomihou V. 2011. Impact of nitrogen fertilization on nutrient removal by corn grain. Online. Crop Management DOI: 10.1094/CM-2011-1223-02-RS.
  35. Houehanou T.D., Kindomihou V., Sinsin B. 2011. Effectiveness of conservation areas in protecting Shea trees against hemiparasitic plants (Loranthaceae) in Benin, West Africa. Plant Ecology and Evolution 144(3): 267–274. DOI:10.5091/plecevo.2011.485
  36. Agbangba E.C., Olodo G.P., Dagbenonbakin G.D., Kindomihou V., Akpo L.E., Sokpon N. 2011. Preliminary DRIS model parameterization to access pineapple variety ‘Perola’ nutrient status in Benin (West Africa). African Journal of Agricultural Research 6(27): 5841-5847. DOI: 10.5897/ajar11.889.
  37. Avakoudjo J., Kindomihou V., Sinsin B. 2011. Farmers’ perception and response to soil erosion while abiotic factors are the driving forces in sudanian zone of Benin. Agricultural Engineering Research Journal 1(2): 20-30.
  38. Holou R.A.Y., Teka O.S., Kindomihou M.V., Sinsin B.A. 2011. Germination et utilisation de Caesalpinia benthamiana (Baillon) P.S.Herendeen & J.L.Zarucchi (Leguminosae-Caesalpiniaceae) dans l’aménagement antiérosif des retenues d’hydraulique pastorale au Bénin. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, 5 (2): 533-545.
  39. Kindomihou V., Meerts P., Kjelgren R. Sinsin B. 2010.Effect of moisture stress on silica accumulation in three tropical grass species (Pennisetum purpureum, Panicum maximum Jacq and P. maximum var. Orstom C1). American Eurasian Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 8(5): 530-537.
  40. Dagbenonbakin G.D., Agbangba E.C., Kindomihou V. 2010. Comparaison du Système Intégré de Diagnostic et de Recommandation et de la Méthode de la Valeur Critique pour la détermination du statut nutritionnel de l’ananas (Ananas comosus (L.) Merr) variété Cayenne Lisse au Bénin. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences 4(5), 1550-1563.
  41. Agbangba C.E., Dagbenonbakin D.G.,Kindomihou V. 2010. Etablissement des normes du Système Intégré de Diagnostic et de Recommandation de la culture d’ananas (Ananas comosus (L.) Merr) variété Pain de sucre en zone subéquatoriale du Bénin. Annales de l’Université de Parakou, Série Sciences Nat. et Agronomie, 1: 51-69.
  42. Kindomihou V.M.,Oumorou M., Mensah G.A., Sinsin B.A., 2009. Morphological traits and germination of Loxodera ledermannii (Pilger) W.D. Clayton caryopses in Southern-Benin. Bulletin de la Recherche Agronomique du Bénin, 65: 37- 43.
  43. Gouwakinnou G.N., Kindomihou V, Assogbadjo A.E And Sinsin B., 2009. Population structure and abundance of Sclerocarya birrea (A. Rich) Hochst subsp. birrea in two contrasting land-use systems in Benin. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 1(6): 194-201.
  44. Kindomihou V., Sinsin B., Meerts P. 2006. Effect of Defoliation on silica accumulation in five tropical fodder grass species in Benin. Belgian Journal of Botany 139(2): 87-102.

OTHERS

BOOK CHAPTERS (Selected)

  1. Holou R.A.Y., Kindomihou M.V. 2017. The Biofuel Crops in Global Warming Challenge: Carbon Capture by Corn, Sweet Sorghum and Switchgrass Biomass Grown for Biofuel Production in the USA. In Frontiers in Bioenergy and Biofuels“, Edition Eduardo Jacob-Lopes and Leila Queiroz Zepka, INTECHSBN 978-953-51-2892-2, Print ISBN 978-953-51-2891-5pp. 139-151.
  2. Koura T.W., Dagbenonbakin G.D., Kindomihou V.M., Sinsin B.A. 2017. Palm Oil Mill Solid Waste Generation and Uses in Rural Area in Benin Republic: Retrospection and Future Outlook. In “Solid Waste Management in Rural Areas” Edition Florin-Constantin Mihai. DOI:10.5772/intechopen.70033. pp. 143-163.
  3. Teka O., Kindomihou V., Houessou L., Sinsin B. 2011. Diversity, carrying capacity and pastoral value of natural grazing lands. In Sinsin B. and Kampmann D. (eds). Biodiversity Atlas of West Africa, Volume 1: Benin. Cotonou & Frankfurt/Main. pp. 204-211. ISBN 978-3-9813933-0-9 (hardcover); ISBN 978-3-9813933-3-0 (paperback).
  4. Teka O., Houessou L., Kindomihou V., Sinsin B. 2011. Use of vegetation fires as tool in pastoral land management. In Sinsin B. and Kampmann D. (eds). Biodiversity Atlas of West Africa, Volume 1: Benin. Cotonou & Frankfurt/Main. pp. 196-203. ISBN 978-3-9813933-0-9 (hardcover); ISBN 978- 3-9813933-3-0 (paperback).
  5. Djagoun C.A.M.S., Kindomihou V., B. Sinsin, 2009. Diversity and ethnozoological study of small mammals in villages of the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve in northern BeninIUFRO World Series Vol. 23: 194-198.  ISSN 1016-3263; ISBN 978-3-901347-81-8; pp. 191-198.
  6. Gouwakinnou G.N., Kindomihou V., Sinsin B, 2009. Utilisation and local knowledge of Sclerocarya birrea (Anacardiaceae) by rural population around W National Park in Karimama district (Benin). IUFRO World Series Vol. 23: 49-56. ISSN 1016-3263; ISBN 978-3-901347-81-8.
  7. Sinsin B., Kindomihou V., Bako I., Saïdou A., Houinato M., Essou J. P., 2008. Test of restoration of guineo-sudanian pastures invaded by Chromolaena odorata and Hyptis suaveolens in Benin. Book Chapter;Conference paper. Multifunctional grasslands in a changing world, Volume II, XXI International Grasslands Congress and VIII International Rangeland CongressHohhot, China, 29 june – 5 july 2008, pp. 825.
  8. Kindomihou V., Téka O., Houinato M., Oumorou M., Mama A., Ogoubiyi V., Oloulotan S., Sinsin B., 2008. Climate change and in situ conservation of Loxodera ledermannii (Pilger) natural pastures in Sudanian Benin. In Halford et al., Eds: “Effects of Climate Change on Plants: Implications for Agriculture”. Aspects of Applied Biology 88.
  9. Lambert, (DR. JOHN D. H.), Kindomihou, (Valentin), 2001. Role of Traditional Health Care in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Benin. A contribution to the development of the Benin Multi-Sectoral HIV/AIDS Project Appraisal Document, AFTR2 (July 5 – 20, 2001). World Bank Report No: 22946-BEN.
  10. Sinsin B., Ahokpè E., Daouda I., Kindomihou V., Houngnandan O. 1999. Prélèvement et commercialisation des reptiles dans in départements du Zou, Mono, Ouémé et Atlantique. In : Sinsin B. & Bergmans W. (eds.) Rongeurs, ophidiens et relations avec l’environnement agricole au Bénin. Les Editions du Flamboyant, ISBN: 2-909130-63-0, Cotonou, Bénin, pp.163-177.

 

PROCEEDINGS & POSTERS (SELECTED)

  1. Adjolohoun S., Kindomihou V., Adandedjan C., Houinato M., Soumanou T., Nonfon W. R., Sinsin B. 2012. Comparison of Stylosanthes fruticosa (Retz.) Alston and mineral fertilizer effect on maize grain (Zea mays L.) and Stover yields on ferralitic soils in southern Benin. Actes du 3e Colloque des Sciences, Cultures et Technologies de l’Université d’Abomey Calavi, 6-10 juin 2011. Sciences naturelles et Agronomie, Section Elevage, Pêche et Pisciculture, 3: 259-266. ISSN: 1840-5851.  Edition Décembre 2012
  2. Adjolohoun S., Kindomihou V., Adandedjan C., Houinato M., Soumanou T., Nonfon W.R., Sinsin B. 2012. Effet comparé de la fumure minérale et du fumier bovin sur une culture fourragère de Brachiaria ruziziensis (Germain and Everard) en zone soudanienne du Bénin. Actes du 3e Colloque des Sciences, Cultures et Technologies de l’Université d’Abomey Calavi, 6-10 juin 2011. Sciences naturelles et Agronomie, Section Elevage, Pêche et Pisciculture 3: 267-276. ISSN: 1840-5851.  Edition Décembre 2012
  3. Houndantode J., Kindomihou V., Tonon F., Amadji S.G., Boko M., Sinsin B.A. 2012. Use of the Sewage sludge as a Tool for Promoting Organic Agriculture in Western Africa: Effect on the Cultivated Soils and the Yields of Amaranthus cruentus Linn. in Southern Benin. Actes du 3e Colloque des Sciences, Cultures et Technologies de l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi, 6-10 juin 2011, Sciences Naturelles et Agronomie, Section Agronomie et Pédologie: 3: 333-356. ISSN: 1840-5851.
  4. Kindomihou V., Sinsin B., Meerts P. 2011. Nitrogen and Phosphorous Fertilizer Affect Silica Accumulation in Tropical Fodder Grass Species. Poster presented at the 5thInternational Conference on Silicon in Agriculture, Beijing Friendship Hotel, Zhongguancum, Beijing (China). September 13-18, 2011
  5. Kindomihou V., Sinsin B., Meerts P. 2006. Relationships between silica concentration and other leaf traits in tropical fodder grass species. In Jian Feng Ma: Proceedings of the International Workshop on Silicon in Plants, Gbebukan, Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan. 25th May, pp. 30-39.
  6. Gouwakinnou, G. N., Kindomihou, V., Sinsin, B. 2009.  Utilization and population structure of Sclerocarya birrea subsp birrea in agroforestry systems versus protected area in Karimama District (Benin). Poster presented at the 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry on the theme: “Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use”, 23-28 August 2009, Nairobi, Kenya.
  7. Gouwakinnou, G.N., Kindomihou, V., Sinsin, B. 2009. Population structure of Sclerocarya birrea  (A.Rich) Hochst subsp. Birrea (Anacardiaceae) in agroforestry systems compared with a protected area in Northern Benin. Poster presented at the Joint Meeting of Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation & Society for Tropical Ecology on “Impacts of Global Change on Tropical Ecosystems”.  27- 30 July, Marburg, Germany.
  8. Gouwakinnou, G.N., Kindomihou, V., Sinsin, B. 2009. Utilization and population status of Sclerocarya birrea in Karimama district nearby W National Park. Poster presented at the Regional Conservation Science-Policy Conference on “from Conservation Science to Policy in Africa”. January 28-30, Accra, Ghana.
  9. Houehanou T., Kindomihou V., Houinato M., Sinsin B., 2008. Dendrometrical Characterization of a Common Plant Species (Anogeissus leiocarpa (DC.) Guill. & Perr.) in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve and its Surrounding Land (Benin). In Eric Tielkes: Proceedings of Tropentag 2008, Germany. ISBN-10: 3867277559-ISBN-13-9783867277556-5p. http://www.tropentag.de/abstracts/full/358.pdf
  10. Assédé E. S. P., Kindomihou V., Sinsin B., 2008. Relationships between Human Pressure Gradient and Floristic Diversity in the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve in Benin (Western Africa). In Eric Tielkes: Proceedings of Tropentag 2008, Germany. ISBN-10: 3867277559 – ISBN – 13 – 9783867277556; 5p. http://www.tropentag.de/2008/abstracts/full/704.pdf
  11. Téka O., Vogt J., Kindomihou V., Houessou L., Sinsin B. 2007. Socio-economic and Ecological Analysis of the Use of Controlled Fires in Pastoralism: Cases of two Agro-ecological Zones of Benin. Land use and livelihood strategies. In Eric Tielkes: Proceedings of Tropentag 2007. Germany ISBN 3-86727-372-3. 978-3-86727-372-5. 5p. http://www.tropentag.de/2007/abstracts/full/269.pdf.
  12. Kindomihou V.,Ambouta J-M., Sinsin B.  2007. Diversity of soil fertility management practices in sudanian zones of Benin (Western Africa). In Eric Tielkes: Proceedings of Tropentag 2007. GermanyISBN 3-86727-372-3.978-3-86727-372-5. 5p. http://www.tropentag.de/2007/abstracts/full/464.pdf
  13. Kindomihou V.,  Ambouta Karimou J-M, Nelen J., Kpetere J., Kawa R.,Guero Y., Banoin M., Sinsin B. 2007. Plans de mobilisation de la matière organique pour l’Amélioration de la Gestion de la Fertilité des Sols en Zone Soudanienne du Nord-Bénin. Actes des 1ère Conférences sur SciencesCultures et Technologies, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Bénin, pp. 421-433.
  14. Kindomihou V., Ambouta Karimou J-M., Nelen J., Kawa R., Guero Y., Banoin M., Sinsin B.2007. Diversité, Caractérisation et Typologie opérationnelle des Exploitations Agricoles pour l’Amélioration des Pratiques de Gestion de la Fertilité des Sols en Zone Soudanienne du Bénin. Actes des 1ère Conférences sur Sciences, Cultures et Technologies, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Bénin, pp. 405-420.
  15. Kindomihou V., Adandédjan C., Sinsin B.1998. Agronomic and Animal performances of tropical mixture fodder in sudanian Benin. ln Godet G., Grimaux P. & Guerin H. 1998. Regional Workshop Proceedings on “Fodder crops and Sustainable Development in subhumid zones“, Korhogo, May 23-29 CIRDES/IDESSA, pp. 80-85

Abstracts in Books of Abstracts (Selected)

  1. Kindomihou V., Téka OS, Adjolohoun S., Holou RAY, Houessou L., Dagbénonbakin G., Agbangba EC., Gruber W., Adandédjan C., Sinsin B., Lejoly J., Meerts P. 2011. Leaf silicification, covariations with minerals concentrations and forage value of three tropical miscellaneous species from sudanian Benin. In “The Proceedings of the 5thInternational Conference on Silicon in Agriculture”, Beijing Friendship Hotel, Zhongguancum, Beijing (China). pp: 80-81.
  2. Dossou-Yovo H.O., Assogbadjo A.E., Kindomihou V., Sinsin B. 2009. How do termitaria contribute to plant species conservation in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve in Benin? In “Agroforestry and reconciliation ecology”. pp. 192. In World Agroforestry Centre. 2009. Book of Abstracts, 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry, Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use. Nairobi 23-28 August: World Agroforestry Centre. Kenya. ISBN 978-92-9059-255-6.
  3. Gouwakinnou G.N., Kindomihou V., Sinsin B. 2009. Utilization and population structure of Sclerocarya birrea in agroforestry systems versus W National Park in “Karimama District, Benin. In “Role of agroforestry in landscape-scale conservation strategies”. pp. 361. In World Agroforestry Centre. 2009. Book of Abstracts, 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry, Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use. Nairobi 23-28 August: World Agroforestry Centre. Kenya. ISBN 978-92-9059-255-6.
  4. Assédé E. S. P., Kindomihou V., Kouton M.D., Sinsin B. 2009. Agroforestry systems for biodiversity conservation in the Biosphere Reserve of Pendjari in Benin (West Africa) in “Role of agroforestry in landscape-scale conservation strategies”. pp. 425-426. In World Agroforestry Centre. 2009. Book of Abstracts, 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry, Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use. Nairobi 23-28 August: World Agroforestry Centre. Kenya. ISBN 978-92-9059-255-6.
  5. Kindomihou V., Longeval B., Herbauts J., Sinsin B., Meerts P. 2008.  Tropical grass silicification Patterns: Genetic diversity and relationship with the soil soluble silicon in Benin (Western Africa). In “Plants Systems. P. 180. In Competitions for resources in a changing world new drive for rural development, Eric Tielkes Edition. International Research on food security, Natural Resources Management and Rural Development. Tropentag, October 7-9, University of Hoheinheim. Book of Abstract, Curvillier Verlag Gottingen, Germany. ISBN: 3-86727-372-3, 978-86727-372-5.

WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS ATTENDED (SELECTED)

  • The VIth Colloqium of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Communication on “Rainfall and Rainfall Erosivity Assessment in Sudanian Benin”. UAC, 25 – 29 September 2017
  • The VIIth International Conferences on Silicon in Agriculture, UAS, Bengaluru, India Communication on “The tropical fodder silicification as influenced by burning: Cases of Andropogon schirensis, Brachiaria falcifera and Hyparrhenia subplumosa from Guinean Benin. 24-28 October 2017.
  • Ecological and Organic Agriculture Training at University of Abomey-Calavi Campus. Lecturing on “Habitats and animal nutrition in Ecological and Organic Livestock Production“. March 11 – April 29, 2017 (UAC/Bénin):
  • Restitution workshop of the 4th West African Conference on Organic and Ecological Agriculture and presentation of EOA project activities. Hôtel Paquita, Bohicon (Bénin). December 27-28, 2017. §  Validation Workshop of the Evaluation Report of the Communication Strategy Document, the EOA initiative’ Information and communication pillar. Hotel KTA-Cotonou (Benin. August 7, 2017. §  XVIth Edition of International scientific days of Lomé (JSIL 2016). Campus of Lomé, Togo. Communication on “Forage potentials of Pennisetum glaucum: a review”. October 3 – 8, 2016.
  • Representative of the Benin National organic network to the building of the terms of references for revision of 2015 – 2020. Actions plan, Bio vision African trust, Beninese Network for Promoting Organic Agriculture (OBEPAB), Switzerland Cooperation and African Union. Bohicon, Benin. May 3 – 4, 2016:
  • West African Agricultural productivity Programme (WAAPP-World Bank). Planning and identification of key domains for research and trainee for the National Centre for specialization in livestock breeding (CNS – Livestock breeding/WAAPP). Niamey, Niger. Consultant and trainer. April 18 – 22, 2016:
  • Emile Agbangba ’PhD thesis defense; Title: “Pineapple (Ananas comosus) growth, yield and fruit quality responses to mineral fertilization in Benin”. Cheik Anta Diop University, Doctoral School of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences (ED-SEV), Dakar, Senegal. Reporter and Board Member. January 13 – 20, 2016.
  • Programs and training materials Development for the actors on Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA). Funded by Biovision African trust, OBEPAB, Swiss Cooperation and African Union. Bohicon, Fifatin Hotel, Benin. Platform forum Fellow. December 22-23, 2015.
  • Strategic Plan Development for the Platform of Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA 2015). Funded by Biovision African trust, OBEPAB, Swiss Cooperation and African Union. Bohicon, Fifatin Hotel, Benin. Platform forum Fellow. December 21, 2015:
  • Global Leadership Summit: Bethel Assemblies of God Church, S.I.C.A.P. Dieupeul, Dakar, Senegal. Fellow. November 27 – 28, 2015.
  • 2e CAMES Scientific days, Food Safety research programs. Oral communication on “The potential of Tephrosia pedicellata as Livestock Feeds in Sudanian Benin”, UCAD2 Videoconferencing Room, Université Cheik Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal. November 23 – 25, 2015.
  • 17th International Conference on Agricultural and Forestry Engineering (ICAFE 2015), Cape Town Lodge Hotel, 101 Buitengracht St, Cape Town City, Cape Town, South Africa. Scientific committee member. November 5 – 6, 2015.
  • Strengthening Africa’s Strategic Agricultural Capacity Impact for Development (SASACID 2015). Platform forum Fellow for Building the Partnership Platform between Private sector and the FSA, funded by ANAFE/FSA-UAC, Anouarite Centre, Abomey-Calavi, Benin. October 15 – 16, 2015.
  • XIIth International Conference on Agricultural and Forestry Engineering, (ICAFE 2014). Cape Town Lodge Hotel 101 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa, Tel: +27 21 422 0030; Fax: +27 21 422 0090. Scientific committee member. November 6 – 7, 2014:
  • XVIth edition of International scientific days of Lomé (JSIL 2014), Campus of Lomé, Togo. Participant.  October 20 – 25, 2014:
  • VIth International Conference on Silicon in Agriculture at Stockholm, SWEDEN. Oral Communication on “The effect of seasonal variations, covariations with minerals and forage value on Itchgrass [Rottboellia cochinchinensis (Lour.) W.D.Clayton]’ foliar silicification from sudanian Benin, Stockholm, SWEDEN. August 26-30, 2014.
  • XIIth International Conference on Biological Science, Engineering and Technology (ICBSET 2014), The Netherlands, NH Naarden Hotel IJsselmeerweg 31411 AA Naarden, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Tel: ++31 (0)35 695 15 14; Fax: ++31 (0)35 695 10 89. Scientific committee member. August 7 – 8, 2014.
  • IXth National Conference on Organic Agriculture especially addressed to Organic Agriculture for national food security, Conservation of Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation. Topic: “the potentials for developing organic pasture in West Africa”. Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria. Federal University of Abeokuta, Nigeria. Invited speaker. November 11 – 15, 2013.
  • Scientific visiting at Saint Louis for exchange in publishing research papers on biofuels with a scientific partner from University of Columbia, Missouri, USA. April 23 – May 24, 2013.
  • 1st International Conference on Organic Agriculture Research and Training on “Organic Agricultural Research and Training in West Africa: Presence, Challenges and Prospects”. Njala University, Njala, Sierra Leone. Participant. March 18 – 22, 2013.
  • International Workshop on Organic Certification funded by European Union, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, National coordinator of Benin Organic Network. Abomey-Calavi, Benin. Participant. November 25 – December 1st, 2012:
  • XVth International scientific days of Lomé, JISL on “the Major Challenges of Africa and of Science at the XXIth Century: Energy scarcity, environmental disturbances and climate change, University of Lomé, Togo. Participant. October 22 – 26, 2012.
  • “Entreprenariat, Management, professional Leadership Social Education”. Higher Institute of Management Adonaï & Full Gospel Fellowship Business Men International in Benin, Cotonou, Benin. Participant and Trainer. September 3 – 8, 2012.
  • Training of Trainers Workshop in Organic Agriculture, WANOART- EU – Edulink, Kwame Nkruma University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Participant. August 5 – 18, 2012.
  • Memorandum and proposals for Partnership through research and development with Congolese scientific youth that involve in range and pasture management in Kinshasa. Assemblies of God Church, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Invited collaborator, July 24 – 28, 2012.
  • 47th Annual Congress of the Grassland Society of Southern Africa, Club Mykonos, Langebaan, Western Cape, South Africa. Poster on “How Chromolaena odorata affects phytodiversity, productivity and pastoral value of Guinean pastures in Benin (Western Africa)”. Western Cape, South Africa. Invited Participant, July 16 – 20, 2012.
  • Regional Conference for training in Leadership. International Leadership Institute (ILI). Cotonou, Benin. Participant, March 27 – 30, 2012.
  • International workshop on “Organic Curriculum Development”. Federal University of Agriculture of Abeokuta, FUNAAB, Ogun State. Nigeria, Participant, March 6 – 13, 2012.
  • West African Network for Organic Agriculture Research and Training. Edulink/Cambridge EU- Sponsored at the Federal University of Agriculture of Abeokuta Nigeria, FNUAAB, Nigeria. Scientific visiting, February 1 – 22, 2012.
  • XVIIIth Conference of Beninese Society of Grasslands, Cotonou Fairfield, campus of Cotonou, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin. Oral presentation on “Soil erosion and runoff assessment and dynamics in “donga” in Sudanian drier zone of Benin”. Participant, November 19, 2011.
  • 5th International Conference on Silicon in Agriculture, Beijing Friendship Hotel, Zhongguancum, Beijing (China). Invited speaker on (a) “Leaf silicification, covariations with minerals concentrations and forage value of three tropical miscellaneous species from sudanian Benin.” (b) Poster presentation on “Nitrogen and Phosphorous Fertilizer Affect Silica Accumulation in Tropical Fodder Grass Species”. Invited speaker, September 13-18, 2011.
  • VIth International Conference on Forest Fire research: Poster presentation, Topic: “Controlled fire as management tool of natural grassland: ecological and socio-economic profitability in two agro-ecological zones of Benin”, Coimbra, Portugal. November 15 – 18, 2010.
  • Fellowship visiting in USA (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA; Kansas State University, Kansas, USA). Formal research and education collaborations development with MU. Visiting tours, Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center at the University of Missouri, 203 ABNR, USA for Action in Agroforestry with Mike Gold. September 13 – October 29, 2010.
  • International workshop on “Food, Fuel & Society”, University of Missouri. Columbia, Missouri, USA. Participant, October 12, 2010.
  • Saturday Morning Science Programme. Columbia, Missouri, USA. Participant, October 16, 2010
  • “XIVth International Scientific Conference of Lomé (JSIL)”, Lomé, Togo. Poster presentation on: (a) Eroded sediment and run-off assessment of “donga” and “plateau” in Sudanian zone of Benin; (b) Use of sewage sludge in Market Gardening in Southern Benin: Physicochemical Analyses of Targeted Soils and Agronomic Performances of Three Types of Substrates Treated in the Amaranthe (Amaranthus cruentus Linn.) Cropping. Participant, October 28 – 29, 2010.
  • International Symposium on Indigenous Fruit Trees for Dryland Africa: Domestication for Use in a Changing Environment. Centre CIEVRA, Allada (Benin). Poster presentation on “Contribution of the study of Agrobiodiversity on the chain of Atacora perimeter of Boukombe in North West Benin”. Participant, October 25 – 27, 2010.
  • IXth International Symposium on Plant Biotechnology, Institute of Plant Biotechnology, Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas, Carretera a Camajuaní km 5.5, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba, CP: 54830. Poster presentation on “Soil fertilization can reduce silica concentration in tropical forage species”. Participant, 20-22 April, 2010.
  • Technical and research paper writing workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Participant. November, 15 – 21, 2009.
  • International Course on Organic agriculture, Coventry University (UK) and Training in Worldwide opportunities on organic farms, World Wide Opportunities for Organic Farming (WWOOF UK) Fellow. August 19 – September 13, 2009.
  • 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry, Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use. World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi (Kenya). Poster presentation: (a) Utilization and population structure of Sclerocarya birrea subsp birrea in agroforestry systems versus protected area in Karimama District (Benin). (b) How do termitaria contribute to plant species conservation in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve in Benin? Participant. August 23 – 28, 2009.
  • Joint Meeting of Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation & Society for Tropical Ecology on “Impacts of Global Change on Tropical Ecosystems”. Marburg, Germany. Poster presentation on Topic: “Population structure of Sclerocarya birrea (A.Rich) Hochst subsp. birrea (Anacardiaceae) in agroforestry systems compared with a protected area in Northern Benin”. July 27-30, 2009.
  • Validation workshop of Trans-frontiers appraisal analysis for inversion tendencies. Niger Valley Authority, Niamey, Niger. Participant. June 6-10, 2009.
  • Inception meeting for the West African Network for Organic Agriculture Research and Training (WANOART/ROAFRAB). Cape Coast University, Ghana. Participant, March 10-11, 2009.
  • Inception meeting for Regional Food Developers Initiative; MRCI/08/F07/P33 Developing capacity building for young food developers for poverty reduction in West Africa 2009-2011. Food and organic agriculture network. University of Agriculture of Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. Participant. February 28 – March 3, 2009.
  • Regional Conservation Science-Policy Conference of Society of Conservation Biology on “from Conservation Science to Policy in Africa”, Accra Ghana. Poster presentation, Topic: “Utilization and population status of Sclerocarya birrea in Karimama district nearby W National Park”. February 28-30, 2009.
  • 1st Regional Meeting of the Africa Section for Conservation Biology. Accra Ghana, Legon University of Ghana. Oral presentation on “Local population perception on erosion and soil degradation causes in Karimama (Benin)”. Participant. January 28-30, 2009.
  • 2nd workshop of SUN-EU project on “Tools for management and Sustainable Use of Natural vegetation in West Africa (SUN)”. Banfora, Burkina Faso. Participant. November 10-14, 2008.
  • IVth International Conference on “Silicon in Agriculture”, Wild Coast Sun, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Poster presentation on “Effects of silica gel supply on leaf silica concentration, other Traits and covariations within six tropical fodder grass species Grown in humid conditions”. Participant. October 26-31, 2008.
  • Tropentag Conference on International Agricultural Research for Development, Competition for Resources in a Changing World – New Drive for Rural Development. University of Hohenheim, Germany. Poster presentation on: (a) Dendrometrical Characterization of a Common Plant Species (Anogeissus leiocarpa (DC.) Guill. & Perr.) in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve and its Surrounding Landuse (Benin); (b) Relationships between Human Pressure Gradient and Floristic Diversity in the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve in Benin (Western Africa). Participant. October 7-9, 2008.
  • Tropentag Conference on International Agricultural Research for Development, Utilization of diversity in land use systems: Sustainable and organic approaches to meet human needs. University of Kassel- Witzenhausen and University of Gottingen, Germany. Poster presentation on: (a) Socio-economic and Ecological Analysis of the Use of Controlled Fires in Pastoralism: Cases of two Agro-ecological Zones of Benin; (b) Diversity of Soil Fertility Management Practices in Sudanian Zone of Benin (Western Africa). Participant, October 9-11, 2007.
  • International IGC-IRC Congress, Hohhot, China: Poster presentation on: (a) Do silicon fertilizers improve the fodder value of tropical grass species? (b) Test of restoration of guineo-sudanian pastures invaded by Chromolaena odorata and Hyptis suaveolens in Benin; (c) Patterns in tropical grass silicification: response to substrate fertilization. Participant, June 29 – July 5, 2007.
  • 1st Conference on Sciences, Cultures and Technologies, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin. Oral presentation on: (a) Diversity, Characterization and typology of livelihoods for improving of soil management practices in sudanian Benin; (b) Organic matter mobilization Plans for improving soil management practices in sudanian Benin. Participant, June 25-29, 2007.
  • Regional Conference on “Climate changes and extreme phenomenon in sub-Saharan Africa: Impacts on natural resources; challenge for research and decision”. Oral presentation on “Climate changes and in situ conservation of perennial grass species in sudanian and sudano-sahelian pastures of Benin”. International Conferences Centre, Cotonou, Benin. Participant, June 6-9, 2007.
  • Inception meeting of the SUN-EU Project: “Tools for management and Sustainable Use of Natural vegetation in West Africa (SUN)”. Toubacouta, Senegal. Participant, May 7-12, 2007.
  • Seminar of validation of results from “Study on the projects data matrices for the National Programme of actions on adaptation to climate changes in Benin”. Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection, Porto-Novo, Benin. Participant, April 4-6, 2007.
  • Workshop of “National technical team for Trans border Appraisal Analysis of Strategic action programme (ADT/PAS) for the Niger Valley Authority natural resources management. Bohicon, Benin. Participant, March 7-9, 2007.
  • International Congress of “Matsumae International Foundation Research fellows”. Oral presentation on “Effect of Silica gel supply on silica accumulation and relation with other leaf traits in six tropical fodder grass species in humid conditions”. Tokyo, Japan. Participant, September 25-27, 2006.
  • 1st International workshop on “Silicon in Plants”. Oral presentation on “Relationships between silica concentration and other leaf traits in tropical fodder grass species”. Gbebukan, Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan. Participant, May 25, 2006.
  • IIIrd International Conference on “Silicon in Agriculture”. Poster presentation on “The effect of Water Stress on leaf Silicification of three tropical fodder grass species”. Uberlândia, Brazil. Participant, October 22-26, 2005.
  • Academic workshop of the Free University of Brussels. Oral presentation on “Tropical grass silicification: agronomic, ecological and evolutionary aspects”. Free University of Brussels, Brussels. Belgium. Participant May 8-10, 2001.
  • National Workshop on “Capture and International trade of Reptiles and damages caused by Rodents to the harvests”. Cooperation Benino-Netherlands for sustainable development. INFOSEC, Cotonou, Benin. Participant, March 24-28, 1997.
  • Regional workshop on “Forage cropping and sustainable development in sub humid zones”, CIRDES/Burkina Faso, Savannah Institute (IDESSA/Ivory Coast) and CIRAD-EMVT, Korhogo, Ivory Coast. Participant, May 26-29, 1997.
  • International seminar on “Methods for understanding and measuring agrarian practices and their processes in Tropics”. Research on agro-systems and rural innovations. University Abdou Moumouni (Niger) and Switzerland National Funds for scientific research, Niamey, Niger. Participant, December 10-11, 1997.
  • International Workshop on “Innovations and transfers of technologies in the frame of conservative management of soil and water”. Programme for conservation and management of soil and water. University of Abdou Moumouni (Niger) and Switzerland Federal Polytechnic School. Niamey, Niger. Participant, December 12-13, 1997.
  • IIIrd Workshop of Beninese Association of Grasslands. Oral presentation on “Forage cropping of Loxodera ledermannii (Pilger) Clayton in subequatorial zone of Benin: preliminaries Data on germination”. Cotonou, Benin. Participant. November 18, 1995.

 

 

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Tropical Grasses Silicification: Genetic Interspecific Variation, Influence of Growth Conditions and Relationship with the Foliar Structure

PhD Dissertation: 

Valentin Kindomihou (2005). Tropical Grasses Silicification: Genetic Interspecific Variation, Influence of Growth Conditions and Relationship with the Foliar Structure. Laboratory of Plant Ecology and Biogeochemistry, Botanical Garden Jean Massart, Interfaculty School of Bioengineers, Free University of Brussels, Belgium. 193 pages.

Promotors: Prof Pierre Meerts (ULB, Belgique) & Prof Brice Sinsin (UAC, Benin).

 

SUMMARY: This thesis investigates the variation in tropical grasses silicification on the ecological and evolutionary point of view. The review of works examining variation extent in silica concentration identifies three groups of factors influencing the grass silicification, in particular genetic factors (difference in the capacity of root absorption, anatomy and foliar ecophysiological features), endogenous factors (phenology, organs) and the growth conditions. The experimental approach focused the influence of certain growth conditions on the silica concentration (defoliation, moisture, substrate fertility). Results confirm the influence of defoliation and substrate fertility on the silica accumulation, but well underline the complexity of the action of these factors which results in particular in different responses of species. These results suggest that contradictions in published works with regard to the plausible inducible character of silica accumulation are due in some extent to the species*defoliation interaction, and a great results sensitivity to conditions for defoliation application.  Variations in silica content (intrinsic and induced by the growth conditions) relating to the variations in structural and functional characters (specific leaf area, water content, foliar anatomy, etc.) showed correlations which are not entirely constant through all the tests. These are significantly positive with soluble ashes in all tests, but negative with carbon in defoliation. With the relative water content, silica correlated positively in defoliation, but change with phospho- nitrogenized fertilization. This negative correlation remains consistent in both blades and sheaths in interspecific comparison. Difference in the structure of correlations results at the same time from the sampling effects and the large range of the silica contents swept by the various examined species. Pennisetum unisetum is the richest in silica and sclerenchyma, and weights disproportionately in correlations analysis. Our results do not provide a very clear support for the assumption that silica can be substitute to carbon compounds like material of support.

 Key words: grass, tropical, silicification, anatomy, structure, defoliation, fertilization, moisture.

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