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Domestication of Dacryodes edulis: State-of-the-art

Literature: Journal Articles Available at NO COST

Tchoundjeu, Z., Kengue, J., & Leakey, R. R. B. 2002. "Domestication of Dacryodes edulis: State-of-the-art", Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, vol. 12, no. 1-2, pp. 3-13.


  • IRAD/ICRAF, P. 0. Box 2067, Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • IRAD/CIRAD, Nkolbisson, P. 0. Box 2067, Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bush Estate, Penicuik, Midlothian, EH26 OQB, Scotland, UK


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Species Info

  • Dactryodes edulis (safou)


  • This article provides an overview of the work being done to domesticate Dactryodes edulis, a fruit tree widespread to the humid lowlands of Central Africa.
  • Seeds have been collected and selected for superior individuals, and seedlings are being raised in nurseries.
  • Air layers (marcots) were set and collected (in the beginning of the rainy season, on younger trees with a history of successful fruiting, and on the same branch class (3-5 cm diameter)). Layerings were harvested after 3-4 months, and transplanted to nurseries. 
  • Reproduction via vegetative cuttings is being explored.

Geographical Region

  • Central Africa
  • West Africa
  • Country

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