Romaric

VIHOTOGBE Romaric, PhD.

01 PO Box: 6779, Cotonou,

Benin; Telephone: +22995451295; Fax: +22921303084

E-mail: rlvihotogbe@gmail.com             

Agricultural Engineer (Forester), PhD (Biosystematics)

Irvingiaceae, Ethnobotany, Agroforestry and Domestication, Biodiversity Conservation

 

career orientation

Continuously improve my competences in agronomy and conservation of food tree species. Use my knowledge in development, research or teaching programs wherever they are needed for livelihood improvement.

works experiences 2005 up to now: Laboratory of Applied Ecology, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi (FSA/UAC/Benin): Current Job Position: Head of the food tree species gene bank (since 2012).

Since 2009: Catholic University of West Africa (UCAO, Campus of Cotonou): Job Position: Teaching: Ecology, Industrial Ecology, Ecological Farming and Natural Resources Conservation.

2007- 2008: Bioversity International: Cotonou Office, Benin: Job Position: Sub-Saharan African Forest Genetic Resources (SAFORGEN) Scientific Assistant.

2002-2005: Centre International d’Écodéveloppement Intégré (CECODI-NGO): Job Position: Head of research and training centre of CECODI: Improving giant snails breeding and mushroom species cultivation systems and responsible for training planning and implementation.

meeting organization
  • SAFORGEN Second meeting of priority food tree species. Cotonou, Benin, December 2007
    • 10th International African small mammal symposium International Institute of Tropical
education

 

  • § 2008-2012: Biosystematics group, Wageningen University: PhD (Life Science)
  • § 2005-2006: Catholic University Louvain la Neuve, Belgium: MSc
    • § 1996-2001: University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin: Agricultural Engineer (Option: Forestry)
Advance d PHD Courses
  • § Statistical Analysis of spatial and temporal data, University of Louvain la Neuve, 2006
  • § Analysis of biological data, University of Louvain la Neuve, 2006
  • § Economic Botany, University of Leiden, 2008
  • § Working with EndNote X University of Wageningen, 2008
  • § Data Analysis with MATLAB for Excel users: Amsterdam, 2008
  • § Natural variations in plants, University of Wageningen, 2008
  • § Molecular Phylogenetics, University of Wageningen, 2008
  • § Spatial analysis of genetic diversity, Bamako, 2009
  • § Techniques d’analyses multivariées, University of Abomey-Calavi 2009
  • § Career Orientation, University of Wageningen, 2010
  • § Phyloclimatic Modelling, University of Leiden, 2010
  • § Techniques for Writing and Presenting a Scientific Paper, University of Wageningen, 2010
    • § Choice and use of diversity indices. University of Leiden, 2012
grants and scholarships

 

 

 

1996-2001: National Scholarship for studying Agronomy (FSA/UAC/Benin Government)

2004: National Institute for Agronomic Researches in Benin (INRAB Fonds Compétitifs)

2005: National Institute for Agronomic Researches in Benin (INRAB Fonds Compétitifs)

2005: Catholic University Louvain la Neuve, Belgium.  SCO/ADRI Scholarship

2008-2012: Dutch Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education PhD scholarships

2009: International Foundation for Science (IFS).

Publications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Articles Published

Vihotogbé R., Houessou L.G., Codjia J.T.C. (2005). Conservation state of Irvingia gabonensis in traditional agroforestry systems in the South of Benin. National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRAB, Benin)/Faculty of Agricultural Sciences University of Abomey-Calavi (FSA/UAC/Benin). CRRD Sud-Centre.

Vihotogbé R., Houessou L.G., Codjia J.T.C. (2006). Endogenous Conservation of Irvingia gabonensis in traditional agroforestry systems in the South of Benin. National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRAB, Benin) / Faculty of Agricultural Sciences University of Abomey-Calavi (FSA/UAC/Benin). CRRD Sud-Centre.

Vihotogbé R., Houessou G.L., Ponette  Q., Codjia J.T.C., Le Boulengé E. (2007) Ethnobotanic knowledge and endogenous conservation of Irvingia gabonensis (Aubry- Lecomte) Baill. in Benin. Indilinga 6(2):196-209.

Codjia J.T.C, Vihotogbé R., Lougbegnon T. (2009) Phytodiversité des légumes-feuilles locales consommées par les peuples Holli et Nagot de la région de Pobè au sud-est du Bénin. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences 3(6):23-31.

Codjia J.T.C., Vihotogbé R., Assogbadjo E.A., Biaou G. (2009). Le marché des produits forestiers non ligneux (PFNLs) au sud Bénin : cas du crincrin sauvage (Corchorus tridens). Annales des sciences Agronomiques du Bénin 12(1):15-33.

Vihotogbé R., van Den Berg R.G., Sosef M.S.M. (2013). Morphological Characterization of African Bush Mango Trees (Irvingia species) in the Dahomey Gap (West Africa). Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 60:1597-1614.

Vihotogbé R., Glèlè Kakaï R., van Andel T., Berg van Den R.G., Sinsin B., Sosef M.S.M. (Accepted). Impacts of the diversity of traditional uses and potential economic value on food tree species conservation status: case study of African bush mango trees (Irvingiaceae) in the Dahomey Gap (West Africa). Plant Ecology and Evolution.

Vihotogbé R., van Den Berg R.G., Missihoun A.A., Sinsin B., Sosef M.S.M. (Accepted). Genetic diversity and difference within and between bitter and sweet African bush mango trees (Irvingia spp., Irvingiaceae) in West and Central Africa. African Journal of Biotechnology.

Vihotogbé, R., Sossa-Vihotogbé, C.N.A., Achigan-Dako E. (In press). Safety of Botanical Ingredients in Personal Healthcare: Focus on Africa. Ameenah et al.: Novel Plant Bioresourc​es: Applications in Food, Medicine and Cosmetics. Willey Oxford, United Kingdom

Articles submitted

Vihotogbé R., Houessou L.G., Assogbadjo A.E., Sinsin B. (Submitted). Germination of seeds from earlier fruits of African bush mango in the Dahomey Gap (West Africa). Seed Science Research

 Vihotogbé R., van den Berg R.G., Bongers F., Sinsin B., Sosef M.S.M. (Submitted). Does phenology distinguish bitter and sweet African bush mango trees (Irvingia spp., Irvingiaceae)? Trees – Structure and Function.

Manuscript in preparation

Vihotogbé R., Raes N., van den Berg R.G., Sinsin B, Sosef M.S.M. (In Preparation). Using niche differences in taxonomy: the case of African Bush Mango trees (Irvingia spp.), with emphasis on the Dahomey Gap (West Africa).

Symposia : Oral presentations and published abstracts

Vihotogbé R., Sosef M.S.M., Ponette Q., Sinsin B. (2007). Use and Integration of Food Trees Species in land use systems: Case of African Bush Mango Trees (Irvingia gabonensis (Aubry Lec. Ex. O. Rorke) Baill.) in Benin. Tropentag: Ecology and Genetics of Tropical Trees, Germany.

Vihotogbé R., van den Berg R.G., Sinsin B., Sosef M.S.M., Akpagana K., Mabberley D.J (2010). Ecological differences between bitter and sweet African Bush Mango Trees in the Dahomey Gap. XIXth Congress of AETFAT « Association pour l’étude de la Taxonomie de la Flore d’Afrique Tropicale » Antananarivo, Madagascar 25 avril au 1er mai 2010.

Vihotogbé R., van den Berg R.G., Sinsin B., Sosef M.S.M. (2010). Distribution and Cultivation of African Bush Mango Trees in the Dahomey Gap, West Africa. International Symposium on Indigenous Fruit Trees for Dryland Africa: Domestication for Use in a Changing Environment. DADOBAT Project; Allada, Benin. 25 au 27 October, 2010.

Vihotogbé R. (2011). Spatial abundance patterns of cultivated Irvingia species (Irvingiaceae) explained by local socio- economic data in the Dahomey Gap. 18th PhD Day, Research School Biodiversity, University of Leiden, the Netherlands.

Sosef, M.S.M., Vihotogbé R., Raes N., Sinsin B., van den Berg R.G. (2013). Environmental differences supporting taxonomic distinction between African Bush Mangoes (Irvingia spp.). In: A. Kroh, B. Berning, E. Haring, M. Harzhauser, H. Sattmann, J. Walochnik, D. Zimmermann & M. Zuschin (eds), BioSyst.EU 2013, Global Systematics! 18-22 February 2013. Abstract volume: 205-206. NOBIS Austria, Vienna.

Language skills Local languages: Goun, Ouémè, Fon, Nagot, Aïzo, Holly, Cotafon and Yoruba (Yoruba: spoken in Benin and South Nigeria) and Mina/Eve (spoken in Benin, Togo and Ghana).

Duty languages: French and English (TOEFL 2012: Score = 80).

computer and statistical packages Statistics: SAS, Statistica, Genstat, Past; Geostatistical Modelling Tools: Matlab and BME Library; Ecological / Species Distribution Modelling: DIVA-GIS, Maxent, ENM-Tools.

As of November, 2013

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