7th edition of the « Cafés de la Science »: the CSRS presents its expertise in research on natural substances

"Natural substances". This is the topic of the 7th edition of the "Cafés de la Science". It is a monthly space of meetings and exchanges initiated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Cote d'Ivoire (MESRS) with a view to discussing between professionals of research on a given topic. The Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire (CSRS) was chosen to organize the 7th edition of this event on Friday 9 June 2017. This edition was chaired by the Director General of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation of MESRS, Prof. Konaré Aboudrahamane, representing the Minister. The Director General of CSRS, Prof. Bassirou Bonfoh being represented by Prof. Koné Inza, Director of Research and Development at CSRS. This was an opportunity for the CSRS to show the expert panel, its experience in research on natural substances. In fact, the CSRS has among its research groups, one dedicated to the issue of natural substances. This is the Utility and Functional Plants (PUF) Group. The work of this group covers three of the CSRS ten main areas of activity : (i) Sustainable management of biological resources and ecosystem services, (ii) Behavioral ecology and ecosystem monitoring systems, and (Iii) Inventory and management of natural resources with curative, preventive and socio-economic potential. This group is led by Professor Mamidou Koné and registered 81 publications, including that of Dr Constant Ahoua, associate researcher at CSRS and assistant to the coordinator of the Afrique One-ASPIRE Program. It focuses on the nutritional and anti-cancer potential of plants consumed by chimpanzees in the Taï National Park. The presentations of this 7th edition of the « Cafés de la science » was opened by Dr. Ahoua. According to him, the Ivorian flora offers a wide range of plants with active principles which can be used to treat diseases, in particular, thoses consumed by chimpanzees in the Taï National Park. They have a strong antioxidant and anti-cancer potential and would contribute to chimpanzees resistance towards many pathologies. It is therefore a path to exploit for the search for new molecules in human medicine. The second presentation was given by Dr. Emma Aké-Assi, Director of the Botanical Institute Aké-Assi of Andokoi (IBAAN). She sets out the objectives, challenges and prospects of the institute. Among other things, the valorisation and perpetuation of the work of Professor Laurent Aké-Assi on African flora in general and Ivorian in particular. The third presentation concerned the project Sud Expert Plantes Développement Durable (SEP2D). It is a program of support for development and international cooperation in 22 countries of the intertropical zone. It aims to promote scientific research on plant biodiversity in the countries of the South, in particular by developing a culture of partnership with economic operators, civil society and political bodies. The SEP2D program is implemented by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and is supported by a multi-donor partnership. The exchanges were very fruitful and all the participants were unanimous to deepen the thoughts around a scientific seminar that the MESRS promised to organize before the end of the year by bringing together all the experts in that field. MESRS also made a commitment to accompany IBAAN after thanking the CSRS for its promptness and ability to organize such meetings.  

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