PROSEA 1: ‘Pulses’
L.J.G. van der Maesen and Sadikin Somaatmadja (Editors)
PROSEA 1: ‘Pulses’ highlights the major importance of edible dry seeds of legumes as protein-rich foods, being complementary to cereals. In addition, pulses play a decisive role in sustainable agriculture through their faculty to fix nitrogen in symbiosis with bacteria.
22 Pulse crops are dealt with, whereas 3 minor species are briefly mentioned. They include soya bean, groundnut, green gram (often used as sprouted beans), chickpea and pigeonpea. All species are presented in a similar manner with details on uses, botany, ecology, agronomy, breeding, prospects and literature.
PPROSEA 2: ‘Edible fruits and nuts’
E.W.M. Verheij and R.E. Coronel (Editors)
Prosea 2: ‘Edible fruits and nuts’ testifies to the great wealth and diversity of fruits and nuts in South East Asia. The appreciation of these fruits and nuts is reflected in the many ways they are put to use and in their role in cultural traditions. Present yields are low, but developments in South-East Asia suggest that traditional skills can provide the necessary clues for a breakthrough towards much higher yields. Among the 120 crops included in this volume are cashew, mango, durian, salak, lychee, citrus species, kumquat, loquat, rambutan. Brief characteristics are given of a further 270 minor fruit crops.
PROSEA 3: ‘Dye and tannin-producing plants’
R.H.M.J. Lemmens and N. Wulijarni-Soetjipto (Editors)
Prosea 3: ‘Dye and tannin-producing plants’ is the first comprehensive publication of the plants in South-East Asia yielding dyes and tannins.
Their former, present and potential future roles in local industries and cultures is discussed. Interest in using vegetable dyes and tannins instead of synthetic alternatives is growing because of concern for the environment and human health.
Details on uses, botany, ecology, agronomy, breeding and prospects are given for over 90 species of wild and cultivated plants, including annatto, henna, indigo, black wattle, soga, flame-of-the-forest and night jasmine.
PROSEA 4: ‘Forages’
L. ‘t Mannetje and R.M. Jones (Editors)
Prosea 4: ‘Forages’ deals with forage plants for South East Asia. The growing incomes of the population of South-East Asia will lead to a rapidly increasing demand for meat and dairy products. Increased and improved forage production will be essential to feed the increasing numbers of livestock. 114 Species, mainly grasses and legumes, are highlighted in this volume, including the major South-East Asian forages but also those of world-wide importance like: leucaena, calopo, centro, calliandra, siratro, Bermuda grass, digit grass and elephant grass.