Conservation and sustainable management of Ricinodendron heudelotii (Baill.) Pierre ex Heckel

Knowledge, gaps and prospects


  • Abel Henrick AKPOVO - Université Nationale d’Agriculture. École de Foresterie Tropicale. Unité de Recherche en Foresterie et Conservation des Bioressources. BP 43. Kétou (Bénin).
  • Adandé Belarmain FANDOHAN - Université Nationale d’Agriculture. École de Foresterie Tropicale. Unité de Recherche en Foresterie et Conservation des Bioressources. BP 43. Kétou (Bénin). - Université d’Abomey-Calavi. Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques. Laboratoire d’Écologie Appliquée. 01 BP 526 Cotonou (Bénin). - Université d’Abomey-Calavi. Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques. Laboratoire de Biomathématiques et d’Estimations Forestières. 04 BP 1525. Cotonou (Bénin).
  • Agossou Bruno DJOSSA - Université Nationale d’Agriculture. École de Foresterie Tropicale. Unité de Recherche en Foresterie et Conservation des Bioressources. BP 43. Kétou (Bénin). - Université d’Abomey-Calavi. Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques. Laboratoire d’Écologie Appliquée. 01 BP 526 Cotonou (Bénin).


Key words: Ricinodendron heudelotii, ecology, domestication, critical review of literature, research perspectives.


Ricinodendron heudelotii (Baill.) Pierre ex Heckel is an endemic species from tropical rainforests of Africa, whose edible seeds are very valued popular in Cameroun and Côte d’Ivoire and wood in great demand for sculpture in Benin. The study’s objectives were to perform a critical analysis of the available literature on this species and to highlight the research perspectives for its conservation. Some keywords were typed in the search engine 'Google scholar', in the database '' AGORA '', and specific scientific journals. Some criteria were used to select the relevant publications which were used for this review: this concerns, among other things, the relevance of the information source, the relevance and repeatability of the methodology used and the relevance of the results obtained. The analysis of the literature showed that R. heudelotii has a very high socio-cultural and economic value and an agroforestry potential that remains to be valued. Further studies are needed on about the reproductive biology of the species, the opportunities for genetic improvement offered by the existence of great intraspecific variability, the impact of climate change on the geographical range of the species, the distribution of ethnobiological knowledge among various sociolinguistic groups, constraints related to its domestication and the ecological and sociocultural factors that influence its conservation.


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AKPOVO, A. H., FANDOHAN, A. B., & DJOSSA, A. B. . (2022). Conservation and sustainable management of Ricinodendron heudelotii (Baill.) Pierre ex Heckel: Knowledge, gaps and prospects. Sciences and Technologies for Substainable Agriculture, 2(1), 1-17. Retrieved from



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