KINDOMIHOU M. Valentin

Faculty of Agronomic Sciences
University of Abomey-Calavi
Department of Animal Production
Cotonou, 01 BP 526, Benin
Office: (+229) 21 36 01 26
Fax: (+229) 21 30 30 84
email: valentin.kindomihou@fsa.uac.bj

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Brussels Free University, 2005, Major: Grasslands and Forage Sciences
  • MS, Brussels Free University, 2002, Major: Genetics and Plant Ecology
  • MBA, University of Niamey, 1999, Major: Environment  Management
  • MS, University of Abomey-Calavi, 1994, Major: Animal Sciences
  • BS, University of Abomey-Calavi, 1992,  Major: Agronomy

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Lecturer and researcher, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, 2007-Present
  • Postdoc, Plant stress, Physiology and Molecular Biology, Research Institute for Bioresources, Okayama University, Kurashiki, Japan, 2006
  • Research Assistant, Laboratory of Applied Ecology, University of Abomey-Calavi, 1995-2007

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Grassland Society of South Africa
Beninese Association for Grasslands
West African Network for Organic Agriculture Research and Training

CURRENT RESEARCH

Sustainable management of biofuel crops

Comparative analysis of functional traits in tropical forage species

Vulnerability and adaptation of tropical fodder species in the warming context, specifically for organic farming

Tropical grass silicification: co-variation patterns with organic structural compounds

Tools for management and Sustainable Use of Natural vegetation in West Africa (SUN-EU)
PAST RESEARCH

Domestication of fodder species as a tool for Biodiversity conservation in grasslands

Tropical grass Silicification: Genetic variations, influence of growth conditions and relation to foliar structure

Role of Traditional Health Care in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Environment Protection and Agrarian system improvement

Grassland ecology and biomass valuation

Vegetation fire used as a tool for grassland management

AWARDS

  • 2007 − Fellow of the Matsumae International Foundation MIF, Tokyo, Japan, 2006-2007.
  • 2008 − Representative of UAC in the WANOART-EU (Cambridge-UK).
  • 2009 Organic agriculture expert for the Partnership with Regional Food Developers Initiative; RCI/08/F07/P33/AAU.
  • 1992 – 2009: Research grants/awards: National grants, ICRAF, AUF, LEA-UAC, CUD & DRI-Belgium, MIF-Japan, SUN-EU/FP6, Scriptoria-UK, Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA – ILRI), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Kindomihou Valentin, Meerts Pierre, Kjelgren Roger and Sinsin Brice. 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.
  2. Gustave D. Dagbenonbakin, Emile C. Agbangba, Valentin Kindomihou 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.
  3. Agbangba C E, Dagbénonbakin 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 Naturelles et Agronomie, 1 : 51-69.
  4. V.M. Kindomihou, M. Oumorou, G.A. Mensah, B.A. Sinsin, 2009. Morphological traits and germination of Loxodera ledermannii (Pilger) W.D. Clayton ex Launert caryopses in Southern-Benin. Bulletin de la Recherche Agronomique du Bénin, 65: 37- 43.
  5. Gerard N. Gouwakinnou, Valentin Kindomihou, Achille E. Assogbadjo and Brice Sinsin 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 Vol. 1(6) pp. 194-201. Academic Journals.  http://www.academicjournals.org/ijbc
  6. 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 Benin. In Pamotta, Oteng-Yeboah & Cobbinah (eds), Proceedings of Conference on Traditional Forest-related Knowledge and Sustainable Forest Management in Africa, IUFRO World Series, Volume 23. 15th -17th October 2008; IUFRO Accra 2009; ISSN 1016-3263; ISBN 978-3-901347-81-8; pp. 191-198.
  7. 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). In J. A. Parrotta, A. Oteng-Yeboah and J. Cobbinah (eds) Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge and Sustainable Forest Management in Africa. IUFRO World Series Vol. 23, pp: 49-56. ISSN 1016-3263; ISBN 978-3-901347-81-8.
  8. 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 Congressand VIII International Rangeland Congress, Hohhot, China, 29 june-5 july2008, pp. 825.
  9. Kindomihou Valentin, Téka Oscar, Houinato Marcel, Oumorou Madjidou, Mama Adi, Ogoubiyi Victor, Oloulotan Sikirou and Sinsin Brice, 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.
  10. Houehanou T., Kindomihou V., Houinato M., Sinsin B., 2008. Dendrometrical Characterisation of a Common Plant Species (Anogeissus leiocarpa (DC.) Guill. & Perr.) in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve and its Surrounding Land (Benin). In Eric Tielkes: “Competition for Resources in a Changing World – New Drive for Rural Development”, Tropentag 2008, October 7-9, Hohenheim, Germany. ISBN-10: 3867277559-ISBN-13-9783867277556-5p. http://www.tropentag.de/abstracts/full/358.pdf
  11. 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:”Competition for Resources in a Changing World-New Drive for Rural Development”, Tropentag 2008, October 7-9, Hohenheim, Germany. ISBN-10:3867277559-ISBN-13-9783867277556;5p. http://www.tropentag.de/2008/abstracts/full/704.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: Utilisation of diversity in land use systems: sustainable and organic approaches to meet human needs: International research on food security, natural resources managements and rural development. 2007 Tropentag Proceedings, Witzenhauzen, ISBN 3-86727-372-3. 978-3-86727-372-5. 5p. http://www.tropentag.de/2007/abstracts/full/464.pdf
  13. 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. In “Land use and livelihood strategies”. Paper presented at Tropentag 2007, Utilisation of diversity in land use systems: Sustainable and organic approaches to meet human needs. Conference on International Agricultural Research for Development, University of Kassel-Witzenhausen and University of Göttingen, October 9-11, Germany, 5p.http://www.tropentag.de/2007/abstracts/full/269.pdf.
  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. 1ère Conference sur Sciences, Cultures et Technologies, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Benin, pp 405-420.
  15. 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. 1ère Conference sur Sciences, Cultures et Technologies, University d’Abomey-Calavi, Benin, pp. 421-433. 
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Kindomihou V. 2005. Tropical grasses Silicification: Genetic Interspecific Variation, effects of growth conditions and relation with the foliar structure. PhD Thesis. Interfacultary School of Bioengineers. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 193p.
  19. 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.
  20. Sinsin B., Ahokpè E., Daouda I., Kindomihou V., Houngnandan O. 1999. Prélèvement et commercialisation des reptiles dans in départements du Zou, Mono, Oueme 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. (Book chapter)
  21. Kindomihou V., Adandédjan C., Sinsin B. 1998. Agronomic and Animal performances of tropical mixture fodder in sudanian zone of Benin. ln Godet G., Grimaux P. & Guerin H. 1998. Proceedings of Regional Workshop on “Fodder crops and Sustainable Development in subhumid zones”, Korhogo 23-29 may CIRDES/IDESSA, pp. 80-85.