The domestication of T. daniellii for fruit production has the potential to generate a new source of income and, thus, to reduce forest degradation which is a major concern for the farmers in the observation area. Its adoption and cultivation can make an important contribution to poverty alleviation by improving food security, sustainable development and at the same time help in conserving biodiversity (Johnson, 1997).
Phytochemical screening shows that the leaf of Thaumatococcus danielli contains tannins, saponins, flavonoids, and alkaloids. The presence of tannins (1.47%) (Adeyemi et al, 2014) in T. daniellii.promises many industrial interests. Tannins are used in the dye industry as caustics in place of lyes and silver nitrate for cationic dyes (tannin dyes), and also in the production of inks (iron gallate ink). In the food industry tannins are used for clarification of alcoholic beverages and fruit juices. Other industrial uses of tannins include textile dyes, as antioxidants in the fruit juice, beer, and wine industries, and as coagulants in Rubber production (Gyamfi and Aniya, 2002).
Raimi et al (2011) reported the isolation of proteases from Thaumatococcus danielli waste. Proteases are a class of enzymes which break down large protein molecules into smaller units. They are among the most significant groups of enzymes used industrially, accounting for at least a quarter of global enzyme production (Raimi et al, 2011). Several proteases are used in the brewing, detergent, leather, dairy, and other food processing industries (Raimi et al, 2005).
An oil with a pleasant flavor was discovered to be present in the leaves of the plant, which may plausibly account for the enhanced flavor associated with foods wrapped with T. daniellii leaves (Ojekale et al., 2014). Although there is little information available concerning the constituents and toxicity of this oil, there is a need for a comprehensive examination of the components of this oil and possibly advise use for it, and its eventual projection for industrial production (Adeyemi et al, 2014) since many oil-bearing plants have been reported to have medicinal activity, including antimicrobial potentials (Du Pork, 2006, Moronkola et al, 2003, Pandey et al, 2002,)