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Welcome to this special, extra edition of the Agromisa Bulletin. It is published to announce that Agromisa's web shop now also sells the PROTA book collection.

PROTA, the project to describe the Plant Resources of Tropical Africa, started in 2000. It recently came to an end because of lack of funds, even though it was highly praised by all its users all over the world and especially in Africa. Of the 10,000 plants in tropical Africa, indigenous, wild and cultivated, about 5,000 have found their place in the online database of Prota4U and in the printed version of it. Each year, more than 700,000 people, many of them from Africa, visit the database; more than 20,000 copies of the books have been sold, a number that is still increasing.
 
From now on, these PROTA-books can be bought not only at CTA, but also at Agromisa's webshop.
 
This Bulletin tells the history of PROTA, that starts in the Dutch Indies in the beginning of the twentieth century. Also, one of the last remaining contributors to PROTA in Wageningen, Roel Lemmens, tells about the way people all over the world collected the information now to be found in the PROTA database and books.
 
The texts in this Bulletin were written by Jan Mars.
 
If you have input or suggestions for the ongoing updates of our Agrodok series, or would like to collaborate on this, please feel free to contact us via agromisa@wur.nl.

To continue our work, your donation to Agromisa is welcome. It helps us to develop and distribute new practical publications to farmers and their organisations and schools in developing countries.

Warm regards,
Agromisa
Clients from Developing Countries (UN list) get automatically a 50% discount on the retail price
of all PROTA products at check-out

PROTA: history


In the beginning of the twentieth century a Dutch taxonomist published an overview of useful plants in the then Dutch Indies. Decades later, this work inspired scientists in Africa to ask for something alike, a question that in 2000 led Wageningen University to start describing the useful plants of tropical Africa, the PROTA project. It resulted in eleven impressive books. They can now be ordered from Agromisa's web shop.
 
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PROTA: Collecting useful plants in Africa

interview with Mr Roel Lemmens, contributor from the start


The real goal of PROTA was the description of the 10,000 useful plants in tropical Africa. By doing so, the project recovered local knowledge and inspired to renewed use of almost forgotten plants. PROTA also helped strengthen the social structure of small communities in Africa. Roel Lemmens, one of the remaining PROTA-contributors in Wageningen, speaks about the scope and the future of the project.
 
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PROTA: The database & the books


PROTA has resulted, apart from the online database, in a series of eleven impressive books about some 5,000 useful plants from tropical Africa. These books of the PROTA series, most of them with a CD-ROM enclosed, can be ordered at the Agromisa website. The books are available in English and French.

Clients from Developing Countries (UN list) get automatically a 50% discount on the retail price of all PROTA products at check-out

Read on

Examples of PROTA books


Here is a selection of the PROTA series. These and other books can be ordered via Agromisa's web shop.
Timbers Africa PROTA Agromisa

Timbers

PROTA 7 deals with the timbers of Tropical Africa. Because the group is very large, it has been subdivided into 2 volumes. In PROTA 7(1) 511 ‘primary use’ timbers, belonging to a selection of 25 botanical families, were described in 280 review articles (2008).

This volume, PROTA 7(2) describes 693 ‘primary use’ timbers in 314 review articles. All articles are illustrated with a geographic distribution map and many with a line drawing of the habit.

Optionally the book can be accompanied by a CD that facilitates easy searching through the texts and contains in addition numerous photographs (a.o. on wood anatomy).

Medicinal plants 2 Africa PROTA Agromisa

Medicinal plants 2

PROTA 11 deals with the medicinal plants of Tropical Africa. Because the group is very large, it has been subdivided into 4 volumes. In PROTA 11(1), published in 2008, a total of 894 medicinal plants, belonging to a selection of 29 botanical families, were described in 406 review articles.

This volume, PROTA 11(2), describes 409 medicinal plants in 146 review articles. All articles are illustrated with geographic distribution maps and many with botanical line drawings.

Optionally the book can be accompanied by a CD that facilitates easy searching through the texts and contains in addition numerous photographs.

Unfortunately the volumes 3 and 4 will not be published anymore.

Fibres Africa plants PROTA Agromisa

Fibres

PROTA 16 deals with the fibres of Tropical Africa. 515 ‘primary use’ fibres are described in 248 review articles. Many of the articles are illustrated with a geographic distribution map and a line drawing of the habit.

Optionally the book can be accompanied by a CD that facilitates easy searching through the texts and contains in addition numerous photographs.

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