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This series is an output of the PROTA foundation which seeks to improve understanding and information on the plant resources of tropical Africa. For more information on PROTA, see their website at www.prota.org. This series is a multivolume handbook, similar in format and purpose to the well-known PROSEA (plant resources of South-East Asia) project. The PROTA handbook is due to be published in 16 volumes (from 2004 onwards), covering the 7000 of the approximately 30 000 higher plant species that are used by man. The 16 volumes will be based around the principal 'commodity groups'.
Volumes can be purchased with or without an accompanying CD-ROM, which allows for easy searching through the texts and contains in addition numerous photographs.The series is concurrently translated into French.