PROTA: The database & the books

PROTA developed an interactive data base on the internet and a series of impressive books with the same content, most of them with an CD-ROM enclosed. Added to that are two books that give an overview of the work. These eleven books are: PROTA 1: Cereals and pulses / Céréales et légumes secs PROTA 2: […]

PROTA: Collecting useful plants in Africa

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 […]

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 […]