Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC)



Motto: Sharing science with society


About the Center

The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) was created under the Department of Biology, Umaru Musa Yaradua University, Katsina, Nigeria in 2018 to contribute its broad scientific and educational capabilities to the conservation of life in all its ramifications and the fundamental relationships existing in between.

Mission: To transform knowledge from various sources and perspectives across all areas of scientific research as well as traditional indigenous knowledge into conservation action.

Vision: To contribute its broad scientific and educational skills to the conservation of the vast diversity of life in all its forms and safeguard the environment for healthy living.

Our Aim

The aim of the centre is to serve as a platform for conservation of our threatened environment and indigenous biota through a qualitative biodiversity research, information sharing and inter-agency partnership.

Our Objectives                     

  1. To provide professional support on environmental and Biodiversity conservation.
  2. To offer professional training and certification on Biodiversity conservation.
  3. To serve as a repository and reference point for Botanical and Zoological genome conservation and research.

To offer linkage and sponsorship opportunities to prospective/interested researchers in the field of biodiversity and Conservation

What we do

Biodiversity conservation



Conservation Research


Conservation Training


Capacity building




Online resources

The CBC is running a project titled Katsina Flora https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/katsina-flora on www.inaturalist.org. The project integrates traditional taxonomic practices, ongoing citizen science initiatives, and digital-age herbarium curatorial skills. iNaturalist is an observation-based online tool that brings together professional and citizen scientists documenting biodiversity. The project already recorded success by documenting about 1410 observations in 117 species within short period of time.

Research Output

  • Bello A., Jamaladdeen S., Elder M.T., Yaradua S.S., Kankara S.S., Hassan N., Stirton C.H., & Muasya AM (2019). Threatened medicinal and economic plants of the Sudan Savanna in Katsina State, North western Nigeria. Bothalia. 49(1), a2325. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v49i1.2325
  • Yaradua S.S., Alzahrani D.A., Bello A. (2019). Phylogenetic position of West African species of the genus Crotalaria (Crotalarieae, Fabaceae) based on the current infrageneric classification. Pakistan Journal of Botany 51(4), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30848/PJB2019-4(37)
  • Stirton C.H., Bello A., Muasya AM (2018). Psoralea forbesiae (Psoraleeae, Fabaceae), a new species from the Swartberg Mountains of South Africa. PhytoKeys 99: 93–99. https://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.99.24765
  • Bello A., Stirton C.H., Chimphango SBM, Muasya AM (2018). Morphological evidence for introgressive hybridization in the genus Psoralea (Psoraleeae, Fabaceae). South African Journal of Botany. In press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sajb.2018.02.407
  • Kankara S.S., Isah A.B., Bello A., Ahmed A. and Lawal U., (2018). Medicinal plants used for the management of hepatic ailments in Katsina State, Nigeria. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 12(24): 375-386. https://doi.org/10.5897/JMPR2018.6637

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