African Journal of Biotechnology
African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 2 (12), pp. 704-709, December 2003
ISSN 1684-5315 © 2003 Academic Journals
genetic conservation and sustainable use of bioresources
E. A.1, Nkang A. E.2* and Eneobong E.E.3
of Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
of Botany, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria.
of Applied Sciences, Cross River State University of Technology, Calabar,
author. E-mail: email@example.com.
17 November 2003
loss of Africa’s forests and bioresources is occurring at an alarming
rate, a consequence of increasing population pressure, agricultural land
degradation, urbanization and neglect. There is a growing recognition
worldwide that conservation and sustainable management of bioresources are
pressing priorities in the world today. The choice of conservation methods
and techniques depend on the objectives of the particular conservation
effort, the breeding system and behaviour of the species in question as
well as the available resources including funds, trained personnel,
infrastructure and technologies. The use of biotechnological tools and
“bioprospecting” will open new vistas in medicine, agriculture,
silviculture, horticulture, environment and other important issues. This
paper reviews some biotechnological tools that could be harnessed in
promoting conservation and sustainable use of bioresources.
Key words: Bioresources, genetic conservation, biotechnology.