Biotechnology in Biodiversity Conservation: Overview of its Application for Conservation of Endangered African Tree Species

  • Thierry D. HouehanouEmail author
  • Achille E. Assogbadjo
  • Brice Sinsin
Part of the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity book series (SDEB, volume 4)


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 targets these last decades, it has been questioned to know (i) the current situation concerning biotechnology and endangered African tree species, (ii) the problems that prevent using of biotechnology in conservation of endangered African tree species and (iii) perspectives to help biotechnology to conserve endangered African tree species. Thus an overview on these questions showed that endangered African tree species have not taken advantages of biotechnologies strategies yet. Few biotechnologies researches based on endangered African tree species have been undertaken until now. This state of knowledge is explained by some difficulties that have been highlighted. Those difficulties concerned mostly characteristics of seeds of endangered African tree species, cost of biotechnologies strategies and bad integration of biotechnology discipline with other ones. They are preventing wide use of biotechnology strategies to conserve endangered African tree species. Considering them, some recommendations have been addressed as perspectives of conservation of endangered African tree species by biotechnology.


Biotechnology Biodiversity Endangered African tree species Conservation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thierry D. Houehanou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Achille E. Assogbadjo
    • 1
  • Brice Sinsin
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Applied EcologyUniversity of Abomey CalaviAbomey CalaviBenin

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