Soil Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning


Global Litter Invertebrate Decomposition Experiment

Bondoukuy, Burkina Faso

Site Manager

Dr. Victor Hien
BP476 Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso
Telephone: (+226) 31 92 02
Fax: (+226) 34 02 71

Dr. Dominique Masse
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
UR "Interactions biologiques dans les sols des systèmes anthropisés tropicaux"
01 BP182 Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso
Telephone: (+226) 30 67 37
Fax : (+226) 31 03 85

Site Description

This site is twenty-five years old. The fallow lands have been fenced for the last ten years. The site has no grazing by animals and, bush fires are regular.

Site Location

This site is located in the Soudanian savanna zone at 11°20`N; 4°15`W.

Site Area

Site area is 1 ha.

Site Elevation

Site elevation is 360 m.

Annual Rainfall

Annual rainfall is 950 mm mean per year (falling between June and October) and 7 to 8 month of dry season.

Annual Temperature

Temperature means are maximum 40°C, minimum 25°C (provisional data, subject to confirmation).


Soil is classified as Ferrungineous tropical soils (French classification), Alfisol (FAO classification). In the 0-20 cm layer, soil is: 11.5% clay, 29.2% silt, 59.3% sand. Total carbon is 0.69 mg/g, total nitrogen is 0.45 mg/g, and ECC is 4.5 meg/100g.

Native Forest/Vegetation Types

Native vegetation is Soudanian savanna: shrub to wooded savanna. Woody layer consists of Burkea africana, Butyrospermum parkii, Detarium microcarpu, Combretum glutinosum, Gardenia errubescens, and Pterocarpus erinaceus. Herbaceous layer consists of Andropogon ascinodis, A. gayanus, Elionurus elegans, Eragrostis tremula, Loudetia togoensis, Ctenium newtonii.

Principal Biome/Ecoregion

Eco-region is savanna of the semi-arid zone of West Africa. Great disturbances by human activity include cop-fallows rotation (with trend of the decrease of the fallows period length), livestock production, and bush fire. Principal crops include: cotton, pearl millet, sorghum and maize.

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Photos courtesy of Dominique Masse



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GLIDE was a project of the International Biodiversity Observation Year 2001-2002

This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 98 06437 Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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