Tamarindus indica L. : Potential explored for domestication and prospects for research


  • Adandé Belarmain Fandohan
  • Isaac Vitoekpon Unité de Recherche en Foresterie et Conservation des Bio-Ressources - École de Foresterie Tropicale, Université Nationale d’Agriculture, BP 43, Kétou


Tamarindus indica is an agroforestry fruit species very popular in Africa and Asia. This review aimed to document the contributions and the gaps of research efforts on the species, in order to identify the research prospects. Literature search was carried out with the search engine and database “Google Scholar” and AGORA on the basis of the Latin name “Tamarindus indica” over a period of 25 years. Analysis of the literature showed that T. indica is widely exploited for its food and medicinal uses, mainly. It constitutes a cash crop in Asia while it is still undervalued in Africa. A considerable amount of research has focused on ecology, the structure of natural populations, pests and the chemical properties of its organs. Domestication and sustainable use of this species in Africa demand further research endeavors in silviculture, ecological genetics and phytopathology. This would facilitate integration of tamarind into formal production and conservation policies.


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Fandohan, A. B., & Vitoekpon, I. (2021). Tamarindus indica L. : Potential explored for domestication and prospects for research. Sciences and Technologies for Substainable Agriculture, 1(1), 39-56. Retrieved from https://www.stsa.una.bj/index.php/st/article/view/4



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