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Ekué, Marius

Marius Ekue, Scientific Coordinator, Identification of Tree Species and Geographical Origin, Bioversity International

Scientific Coordinator, Identification of Tree Species and Geographical Origin

Marius Ekué is the scientific coordinator of the project ‘Identification of Timber Species and Origins’ based at Bioversity International’s Kuala Lumpur office in Malaysia. He is also coordinating the Global Timber Tracking Network (GTTN) promoting the use of DNA and stable isotopes technologies to fight illegal logging.

His work at Bioversity started in 2005 when he received the Abdou Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship. During the fellowship, Marius conducted research as part of his PhD on indigenous knowledge, traditional management and genetic diversity of a tropical fruit tree species ackee (Blighia sapida), which plays an important role in rural livelihoods and traditional agroforestry systems in Benin.



PhD, Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding, Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany

MSc in Tropical International Forestry, Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany

BSc in Natural Resources Management, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

Publication highlights:

Ekué, M.R.M., Gailing, O., Vornam, B., and Finkeldey, R. (2011) Assessment of the domestication state of ackee (Blighia sapida K.D. Koenig) in Benin based on AFLP and microsatellite markers. Conservation Genetics 12: 475-48.

Ekué, M.R.M, Gailing, O., Holscher, D., Sinsin, B, and Finkeldey, R. (2008) Population genetics of the cycad Encephalartos barteri ssp. barteri (Zamiaceae) in Benin with notes on leaflet morphology and implications for conservation. Belgian Journal of Botany 141: 78-94.