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CTA. 2003. Finally together. Spore 105. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/47984
Internet URL: http://spore.cta.int/images/stories/pdf/old/spore105.pdf
Yielding fruit fast, the Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA) programme
Yielding fruit fast, the Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA) programme an initiative of Wageningen University in The Netherlands in cooperation with institutes in 7 African and 2 European countries has started to collect, compile, edit and disseminate existing knowledge on over 6,000 useful plants of tropical Africa. The Basic list of species and commodity grouping is PROTA s first publication, and it forms the skeleton of the PROTA databank. It is the starting point for applying correct scientific names and helping editors to decide which species to include in the commodity groups. The basic list comprises 6,376 species, assigned to 16 commodity groups such as cereals, fibres, spices and vegetables. As a sample product, PROTA recently published its first collection, Precursor, of 39 plant resources, representing the important commodity groups from the basic list, including African rice, enset, West African okra, gum Arabic tree, khat and bambara groundnut. These publications were discussed in an international workshop in September 2002 in Nairobi, leading to consensus on the PROTA set-up, which can be found in these workshop s proceedings. In due course, all PROTA publications will be accessible as searchable databases on the Internet, as well as in printed format. PROTA s Asian counterpart, Plant Resources of South East Asia (PROSEA) is currently winding down. Basic list of species and commodity grouping/ Liste de base des espèces et de leurs groupes d usage Edited by C H Bosch, J S Siemonsma et al. PROTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 2002. 342 pp. ISBN 90 77114 01 7 PROTA Precursor Edited by R H M J Lemmens & L P A Oyen, PROTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 2002. 188 pp. ISBN 90 77114 02 5