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See detailDistribution de 8 espèces végétales endémiques du Katanga (R.D.Congo) le long d'un gradient de cuivre et de cobalt
Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Lebrun, Julie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Poster (2013, November 06)

Au sud de la province du Katanga (R.D.Congo), se développe une végétation unique sur des sols recouvrant une centaine d’affleurements de cuivre et de cobalt parmi les plus importants au monde (Arc ... [more ▼]

Au sud de la province du Katanga (R.D.Congo), se développe une végétation unique sur des sols recouvrant une centaine d’affleurements de cuivre et de cobalt parmi les plus importants au monde (Arc cuprifère katangais). Le paysage de cette région est composé de collines isolées les unes des autres et présentant des communautés végétales distinctes selon la concentration en éléments traces métalliques du sol. Les savanes steppiques se retrouvent sur des sols faiblement contaminés tandis que les pelouses sont inféodées aux sols pouvant être contaminés à des teneurs avoisinant les 10 000 mg.kg-1 de cuivre et 1000 mg.kg-1 de cobalt. Plus de 600 espèces d’angiospermes métallophytes y sont retrouvées dont 32 vivant exclusivement sur des sols contaminés (endémiques strictes). Ces espèces présentent des adaptations physiologiques et biologiques leur permettant de tolérer les concentrations exceptionnelles dans le sol. Certaines d’entre-elles ont d’ailleurs été identifiées comme des hyperaccumulatrices de cuivre et/ou de cobalt. Le caractère unique de la plupart des espèces endémiques de cette flore est aujourd’hui menacé par les activités minières intenses dans la province. Ces espèces représentent pourtant des ressources génétiques de grands intérêts pour développer des stratégies de restauration et de remédiation des sites pollués par leur rôle potentiel en phytostabilisation des sols. L’objectif de l’étude est de caractériser la niche écologique réalisée de 8 espèces endémiques le long du gradient de cuivre et cobalt en vue d’adapter les stratégies de conservation et de restauration des espèces. Les espèces étudiées sont Triumfetta likasiensis, Lopholaena deltombei, Tinnea coerulea var. obovata, Sopubia neptunii, Basananthe kisimbae, Barleria lobelioides, Commelina zigzag, Euphorbia cupricola. Pour chaque espèce, 3 sites ont été prospectés en faisant un transect de 2 m de large le long des gradients métalliques et en identifiant tous les individus de l’espèce. Ensuite, 5 individus ont été sélectionnés parmi le nombre total d’individus comptés : 2 extrêmes, 1er quartile, 1 médian, 3ème quartile. Pour chacun d’eux, un quadrat d’un mètre carré y a été centré au sol et le nombre d’individus de l’espèce dénombrés. Un échantillon de sol composite a ensuite été prélevé entre 0 et 15 cm de profondeur afin de déterminer les teneurs en cuivre et cobalt par une spectrométrie d’absorption atomique dans la flamme à partir de l’extrait NH4-Acétate-EDTA du sol. Les niches écologiques réalisées ont été modélisées pour chaque métal par la méthode d’estimation des noyaux avec le logiciel R 3.0.1 (package ‘vioplot’). Les résultats montrent que les niches écologiques de ces espèces endémiques se répartissent entre 50 et 11 000 mg.kg-1 de sol pour le cuivre et 4 et 1500 mg.kg-1 de sol pour le cobalt. Six espèces se situent dans des concentrations inférieures à 100 mg.kg-1 le long du gradient de cobalt. Le long du gradient de cuivre, deux espèces ont des optima écologiques supérieurs à 3000 mg.kg-1. La niche écologique de B. kisimbae est la plus étroite avec un optimum environnant les 200 mg Cu.kg-1 et 50 mg Co.kg-1. L’espèce S. neptunii est présente sur l’entièreté du gradient de cobalt et est retrouvée dans les concentrations élevées. La variation des niches écologiques le long des gradients métalliques indique que les stratégies de conservation doivent être adaptées selon les espèces à conserver. Dans cette étude, 4 des 8 espèces pourraient être conservées sur un sol contaminé à 500 mg Cu.kg-1 et 30 mg Co.kg-1. Pour les autres, il est indispensable de mettre en place les stratégies de conservation en considérant, dans un premier temps, les espèces au cas par cas. [less ▲]

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See detailGuide to selected miombo species regeneration (Final version 2.2)
Seleck, Maxime ULg; Hick, Aurélie ULg; Ilunga wa Ilunga, Edouard et al

Report (2013)

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See detailCopperflora.org - website
Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Lebrun, Julie ULg; Seleck, Maxime ULg et al

Textual, factual or bibliographical database (2012)

This website is intended as a place of exchange for scientists and mine managers interested in the conservation, the restoration and the taxonomy of the copper-cobalt flora.

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See detailBiodiversity Factsheet n°3: Topsoil Management
Lebrun, Julie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Learning material (2012)

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See detailBiodiversity Factsheet n°2: How to collect seeds?
Lebrun, Julie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Learning material (2012)

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See detailBiodiversity Factsheet n°1: Species of concern
Lebrun, Julie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Learning material (2012)

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See detailCopper-Cobalt Flora Report, Oxide Project Tenke Fungurume Mining,
Lebrun, Julie ULg; Seleck, Maxime ULg; Ilunga wa Ilunga, Edouard et al

Report (2012)

Baseline study, impact assessment and management measures for copper-cobalt habitat

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See detailBiodiversity action plans: Kabwelunono [1] and Shimbidi. Proposal: long version
Seleck, Maxime ULg; Lebrun, Julie ULg; Ilunga wa Ilunga, Edouard et al

Report (2011)

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See detailSoil-plants relations diversity in extreme ecosystems and implications for restoration: the case of the cupriferous vegetation, in Katanga, D.R. Congo
Seleck, Maxime ULg; Lebrun, Julie ULg; Piqueray, Julien ULg et al

Conference (2011, June 13)

Katangan copper and cobalt hills in the D. R. Congo are isolated ecosystems on highly toxics substrates (>10.000 ppm Cu, with strongly marked gradients). As a result, those outcrops host singular vegetal ... [more ▼]

Katangan copper and cobalt hills in the D. R. Congo are isolated ecosystems on highly toxics substrates (>10.000 ppm Cu, with strongly marked gradients). As a result, those outcrops host singular vegetal communities – with a diversity of specialized metallophytes species – related to soil metals content. Recent resumption of mining activities in the area threatens those ecosystems. To allow the restoration of those communities a fine understanding of the relationship maintained with the edaphic factors is required, as well as a characterization of the intra and inter sites variation. Three outcrops have been studied on the basis of a systematic grid, following the a priori trace elements gradient. In 1m² quadrats, a composite soil sample (0-15 cm depth) was taken and the cover (%) of each species of vascular plants was recorded. Soils were analyzed for pH, C, N, and bioavailables Cu, Co, Zn, Mn, Fe, K, Mg, Ca and P. The cluster analysis and Canonical Correspondence Analysis show that different sites present different soil conditions and vegetation. Concentrations in Cu are an important explicative factor of the flora’s variation but gradients in others edaphic parameters (pH, Mg, Mn, K, Ca) appear to be essential. However, parameters explaining the diversity of communities vary from one site to another indicating a great diversity of those ecosystems and the need to develop restoration strategies relevant for each site. [less ▲]

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See detailClimatic and Anthropogenic Impacts on African Ecosystems "CLANIMAE" - Final Report
Verschuren, Dirk; Plisnier, Pierre-Denis; Cocquyt, Christine et al

Report (2011)

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See detailConservation of endangered plant communities: a study case of ecosystem reconstruction in Katanga (DRC)
Lebrun, Julie ULg; Handjila, Guylain; Bizoux, Jean-Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2011)

The Katangan copper-cobalt deposits (Democratic Republic of Congo) are part of the Central African Copperbelt, one of the world’s greatest metallogenic province. The ore comes to the surface in a series ... [more ▼]

The Katangan copper-cobalt deposits (Democratic Republic of Congo) are part of the Central African Copperbelt, one of the world’s greatest metallogenic province. The ore comes to the surface in a series of hills isolated in the miombo woodland. These unique ecosystems present high metals concentration levels where a specific vegetation develops. Flora comprises more than 600 species from which 30 are endemics. Due to the recent revival of mining activities in the region, copper plant communities of Katanga and their associated flora are now critically threatened. Tenke Fungurume Mining sarl (TFM), an important mining company operating in Katanga, has developed a Biological Diversity Action Plan (BDAP) to conserve copper-cobalt flora and mitigate potential species extinction risk. One of the most original BDAP tasks is an ecosystem reconstruction experiment that should preserve plant communities representative of the diversity found on the exploited hill and to provide the plant material for further post-exploitation restoration. From December 2007 to April 2009, full vegetation blocks were translocated with their soil mat on an adequate mineral substrate of 1500m². Since 2008, the artificial ecosystem is monitored every year. Three communities were successfully recreated. A total of 144 species were found in the ecosystem which represents more than 80% of the original species richness. The reconstructed ecosystem seems to favour the most tolerant species to copper. This first experience shows that ecosystem reconstruction is successful and may be used as a strategy to conserve copper-cobalt plant communities in their habitat. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation of endemic plants from the Katanga copper belt (DR Congo)
Lebrun, Julie ULg; Minengo Handjila, Guylain; Weiskopf, Thomas et al

Poster (2010, December)

The Katanga copper belt, where natural outcrops of copper-rich rocks are colonised by highly original plant communities, has been recognised as a hotspot for metallophyte species. The flora comprises more ... [more ▼]

The Katanga copper belt, where natural outcrops of copper-rich rocks are colonised by highly original plant communities, has been recognised as a hotspot for metallophyte species. The flora comprises more than 600 species from which 30 are endemics. These plants represent a valuable phytogenetic resource for revegetation and restoration programs, for the phytostabilisation and for the remediation of heavy metal pollutions. However, the flora of metalliferous soils is threatened by mining activities in Katanga. Actions aiming at preserving these species are therefore urgent. Since 2007, a unique conservation project has been launched by scientists supported by a mining company. The aim is to elaborate a program that allows biodiversity conservation while being compatible with mining activities. The project combines in-situ and ex-situ conservation strategies involving ecosystem reconstruction, species translocations, protected areas designation and the development of seed banks in Belgium and in Katanga. [less ▲]

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See detailMining and Biodiversity: The Study Case of Ecosystem Reconstruction in Katanga (DRC)
Lebrun, Julie ULg; Semereab, Ezana; Rensonnet, Audrey et al

Conference (2010, September)

The Katangan copper-cobalt deposits (Democratic Republic of Congo) are part of the Central African Copperbelt, one of the world’s greatest metallogenic province. The ore comes to the surface in a series ... [more ▼]

The Katangan copper-cobalt deposits (Democratic Republic of Congo) are part of the Central African Copperbelt, one of the world’s greatest metallogenic province. The ore comes to the surface in a series of hills isolated in the miombo woodland. These unique ecosystems present high metals concentration levels where a specific vegetation develops. Flora comprises more than 600 species from which 30 are endemics. Due to the recent revival of mining activities in the region, copper plant communities of Katanga and their associated flora are now critically threatened. Tenke Fungurume Mining sarl (TFM), an important mining company operating in Katanga, has developed a Biological Diversity Action Plan (BDAP) to conserve copper-cobalt flora and mitigate potential species extinction risk. One of the most original BDAP tasks is an ecosystem reconstruction experiment that should preserve plant communities representative of the diversity found on the exploited hill and to provide the plant material for further post-exploitation restoration. From December 2007 to April 2009, full vegetation blocks were translocated with their soil mat on an adequate mineral substrate of 1500m². Since 2008, the artificial ecosystem is monitored every year. Three communities were successfully recreated. A total of 125 species were found in the ecosystem which represents half of the original species richness. Population size decreased for only 12 out of 32 surveyed species. This first experience shows that ecosystem reconstruction is successful and may be used as a strategy to conserve copper-cobalt plant communities in their habitat. [less ▲]

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