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Project summary:

Currently, fungal species present in tropical regions are under-represented in the classification, unlike those in temperate zones where fungal taxonomy is better known. This study is mainly aimed at clarifying and making reliable the identification of Inocybaceae in West Africa using molecular tools. DNA will be extracted from dried basidiome and amplified using ITS, nLSU and RPB2 regions. Thus, this study should provide a better understanding of the taxonomy of Inocybaceae. It will also serve as a basis for studies on the early detection of Inocybaceae fungi in tropical Africa.

Cost: $


AIGNON Lougbegnon Hyppolite

Highest degree:

Master degree

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student



Tropical Mycology and Interaction Plant-soil Mushrooms

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Fadeyi GO, Badou SA, Aignon HL, Codjia JEI, Moutouama JK & Yorou NS (2017). Ethnomycological studies and identification of the most popular wild edible mushrooms of the Monts-Kouffè region in Benin (West Africa). Agronomie Africaine 29 (1) : 93 - 109

Houdanon RD, Tchan IK, Laourou GA, Codjia JEI, Badou SA, Aignon LH, Boni S & Yorou NS. (2019). Spatial structure of ectomycorrhizal trees in wooded savannas of guineo-sudanian ecozone in west africa. Journal of Tropical Forest Science 31(1): 1–11 (2019).

Houdanon RD, Aignon LH, Codjia JEI & Yorou NS. (2020). How far soil characteristics influence species composition and structure of Ectomycorrhizal fungi in Soudano-Guinean woodlands in Bénin? BRAB, 86:33-44

Referee 1:

Nourou S YOROU

Referee 2:

Martin Ryberg

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1.  Contribution to novel methods for research in systematics and taxonomy and/or
     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

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