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Regeneration of five Combretaceae species along a latitudinal gradient in Sahelo-Sudanian zone of Burkina Faso

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Bognounou, F., Tigabu, M., Savadogo, P., Thiombiano, A., Boussim, I.J., Oden, P.C. & Guinko, S. 2010, "Regeneration of five Combretaceae species along a latitudinal gradient in Sahelo-Sudanian zone of Burkina Faso", Annals of Forest Science, vol. 67, 306-316.

Contact Info

Corresponding author:;


  • Université de Ouagadougou, Unité de Formation et Recherche en Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Forest Sciences, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Alnarp, Sweden
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique, Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles,Département Productions Forestières, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


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Species Info

  • Anogeissus leiocarpa
  • Combretum aculeatum
  • Combretum micranthum
  • Combretum nigricans
  • Pteleopsis suberosa


  • The authors collected data on the seedling density and regeneration processes of 5 species of Combretaceae across latitudinal gradients in the Sahelo-Sudanian ecoregion in Burkina Faso. The species were chosen based on their economic importance and large distributions.
  • Rainfall varies across the area studied from 400-900 mm annually with elevations of about 300 m.
  • The vegetation in the area is strongly seasonal with mostly deciduous trees and most herbacious species dying back during the dry season.
  • Data was collected during the rainy season along transects at sites in the sampling area and regeneration mechanisms were determined by digging up individuals.
  • Seedling death could be attributed to climatic factors, predation, fire, and pathogens. In some areas, there were few observed mature individuals to provide a seed source.
  • Latitude had a significant effect on the density of seedlings of different species. Different species also showed differences in the regeneration mechanism.
  • These results show that species choice for reforestation in this region must be done on a site specific basis.

Geographical Region

  • West Africa
  • Country

  • Burkina Faso
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