The PROSEA books give besides botanical and technical on the use of the plants also cultivation information.
The basic information was always on www.prosea.nl, but this link is
not active. On internet I found a nice article with comparable information.
This article was published in Leisa Magazine 2004.
This link is to the original article: Description of useful plants
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At present, information about useful plants in the tropics is scattered over many publications. Even though improved library databases and internet have made it easier to find information, this remains a problem especially in developing countries. The objective of PROSEA and PROTA is to make access easier by creating a system of ‘information brokerage and knowledge repatriation’for countries in the South.
What started in 1987 as a bilateral initiative between Indonesia and the Netherlands, gradually became a well-known regional partnership of seven institutions in seven countries, operating as a foundation under the acronym PROSEA. Over the past 16 years (1987 - 2003) an elaborate synthesis of existing information has been made of approximately 7000 useful plants from the region.
The final product is a series of 24 books, each focusing on a commodity group and containing review articles describing the useful plants in a standardized way. Each species, although often multi-purpose, is described only once according to its main use although information on other uses is also provided in the same article. All this information is now being made available through a web database that is scheduled for completion by the end of 2005.
|Prosea 2||1991||Edible fruits and nuts|
|Prosea 3||1991||Dye and tannin-producing plants|
|Prosea 5 (1)||1993||Timber trees: Major commercial timbers|
|Prosea 5 (2)||1995||Timber trees: Minor commercial timbers|
|Prosea 5 (3)||1998||Timber trees: Lesser-known timbers|
|Prosea 9||1996||Plants yielding non-seed carbohydrates|
|Prosea 11||1997||Auxiliary plants|
|Prosea 12 (1)||1999||Medicinal plants 1|
|Prosea 12 (2)||2001||Medicinal plants 2|
|Prosea 12 (3)||2003||Medicinal plants 3|
|Prosea 14||2001||Vegetable oils and fats|
|Prosea 15 (1)||2001||Cryptogams: Algae|
|Prosea 15 (2)||2003||Cryptogams: Ferns and fern allies|
|Prosea 17||2003||Fibre plants|
|Prosea 18||2000||Plants producing exudates|
|Prosea 19||1999||Essential-oil plants|
The model publications,
“PROTA basic list of species and commodity grouping/PROTA liste de base des espèces et de leurs groupes d’usage” (2002), and “PROTA Precursor/PROTA Précurseur” (2002),
made during the preparatory phase are available from CTA, P.O. Box 380, 6700 AJ Wageningen, the Netherlands. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Siemonsma. PROTA Foundation, c/o Wageningen University,
P.O.Box 341, 6700 AH Wageningen. E-mail:Jan Siemonsma@pros.dpw.wag-ur.nl
(E-mail not available! PR)