Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Duminil, Jérôme

Associate Scientist and Sub-Saharan Forest Genetic Resources Network (SAFORGEN) Network Coordinator

Since November 2012, Jérôme has been part of the 'Forest and Tree Genetic Diversity' research theme at Bioversity International.

Based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, he develops genetic approaches to characterize the reproductive biology, adaptation and diversity distribution of tropical fruit or timber tree species from the sub-region. He also coordinates the SAFORGEN network which focuses on the study of forest genetic resources in sub-Saharian zones.

Jérôme has also been involved in a sub-regional synthesis of the state of forest genetic resources in Central Africa commissioned by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).




BSc, Cellular Biology and Physiology, Université Bordeaux I and Université Montpellier II, France

MSc, Forest Biology, University Nancy, France

PhD, in Forest Biology, INRA Bordeaux/University Nancy, France

IPBES expert – Lead author ‘Regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa’

Scientific collaborator. Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). Evolutionary Biology and Ecology laboratory.

Scientific collaborator. Université de Liège – Gembloux AgroBio Tech (Belgium). Laboratoire de foresterie des régions tropicales et subtropicales.


Publication highlights:

M. Heuertz, J. Duminil, G. Dauby, V. Savolainen, O.J. Hardy. Patterns of genetic diversity and structure are highly idiosyncratic in African rainforest trees PloS One 9(1): e84307 (2014).

J. Duminil, R.P. Brown, E.-E. Ewedjè, P. Mardulyn, J.-L. Doucet, O.J. Hardy. Large-scale pattern of genetic differentiation within African rainforest trees: insights on the roles of ecological gradients and past climate changes on the evolution of Erythrophleum spp (Fabaceae) BMC Evolutionary Ecology 13: 195 (2013).