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Sacande, Moctar

Photo of Moctar Sacande
Job title: 

International Programme Co-ordinator for Africa

Seed Conservation
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

French, several West African languages.

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • Baccalaureate (Hons), Mathematics and Natural Sciences Univ. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 1983
  • IDR Eng (Hons), Rural Development (Tropical Forestry), Ouagadougou Univ., Burkina Faso, 1986
  • MSc, Tropical Forestry (Sylviculture and Ecology), Wageningen Univ., 1995
  • PhD, Wageningen Univ., 2000.
  • Associate editor, Seed Science and Technology
  • Seed Storage and Forest Tree & Shrub Seeds technical committees, International Seed Testing Association (ISTA).

Tropical tree seed physiology, seed storage longevity, desiccation tolerance and seed conservation; research and training management.

Research interests in tropical forest management (sylviculture) with a focus on seed ex situ conservation. Determining and improving the storage behaviour of tropical tree seeds, using neem as a model species. Understanding factors involved in seed deterioration during handling and storage, i.e. desiccation tolerance, imbibitional damage and storage longevity at sub-zero temperatures; the role of antioxidants; membrane phase behaviour; biological glasses and water properties in seed storage stability. Research training activities and supervision, and dissemination of information, as a part of the MSBP's collaborative international programmes.

Selected publications: 

Sanogo S., Sacande M., Van Damme P., N’Diaye I. (2013). Caractérisation, germination et conservation des graines de Carapa procera DC. (Meliaceae), une espèce utile en santé humaine et animale. Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment (BASE), 17: 321-331. Available online

Sacandé M., Sanou L., Beentje H. (2012). Guide d'identification des arbres du Burkina Faso. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London. ISBN 978-1-84246-470-0.

Asomaning J.M., Olympio N.S., Sacande M. (2011). Desiccation Sensitivity and Germination of Recalcitrant Garcinia kola Heckel Seeds. Research Journal of Seed Science (Online; ISSN 1819-3552). Available online

Sacande M., Sina S., Oubida R.W. (2010). Long term conservation and germination of stored Parkia biglobosa seeds. Seed Science and Technology 38: 158-169.

Fang J-Y., Sacande M., Pritchard H.W., Wetten A. (2009). Influence of freezable/non-freezable water and sucrose on the viability of Theobroma cacao somatic embryos following desiccation and freezing. Plant Cell Reports 28(6): 883-889.