Number 16, April 1996

Editors : J. Kartasubrata and N. Wulijarni-Soetjipto

Inside this issue

    • Progress on PROSEA books 2
    • From some reviews 3
    • Trees for Life 3
    • Obituary 4
    • Workshop on Planting and Managing Urban Forest 4
    • National Workshop on Dissemination of PROSEA Information 5
    • Launching of 'Mga Nakakaing Prutas at IMuwes' 5
    • Meeting of the PROSEA Task Force on Medicinal and Poisonous Plants 6
    • Who are the buyers of PROSEA LPE books ? 6
    • Appeal for potential authors for PROSEA 12(1) 7

Signing of Agreement on the implementation of the project 'Lesser-known timbers of South East-Asia'

The Agreement on the implementation of the project PD 2/95 Rev. 1 (F,1): 'Book and databank on the lesser-known timbers of South- East Asia : Volume 5(3) within the PROSEA programme', was signed by Mr. Soemarsono (Director General, Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry), Dr. B.C.Y. Freezailah (Executive Director, International Tropical Timber Organization, ITTO) and Prof. Dr. Aprilani Soegiarto (Chairman, PROSEA Board of Trustees) in a ceremony at the Ministry of Forestry, Jakarta, Indonesia, on 11 March 1996. The project will be carried out over two years starting from April 1996 to March 1997. The budget for the project is provided by the governments of the Netherlands, Japan, the Republic of Indonesia and the European Union, through the ITTO Special Account or as Counter Budget.

After the signing the authorities concerned presented their respective addresses. Mr. Soemarsono explained that this project was a continuation of a previous project entitled : 'Books and a database on the major and minor commercial timbers of South-East Asia: Volume 5(1) and Volume 5(2) within the PROSEA programme'.

The output of the present project will be a Handbook volume 5(3) consisting of about 600 pages, treating 320 genera of lesser-known timbers of South-East Asia. Beside the Handbook volume, also 7000 new references of mainly'grey'literature in South-East Asia will be recorded in the databank which will be published as a bibliography.

All information compiled in both projects will contribute to a better knowledge of the existing forest resources and will facilitate better forest planning, geared to sustainable forest management and better conservation of forest genetic resources and biodiversity.

Dr. B.C.Y. Freezailah explained that ITTO is an organization of timber producers in tropical countries and timber users in timber importing countries. The organization was established in accordance with the related provisions in the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA) of 1983, conceptualized in a conference of UNCTAD.

The governing body of ITTO is the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) which has its meetings twice a year, once in Yokohama (ITTO Headquarters) and once in a member country. The ITTO has at present 54 members, evenly distributed among producers' and consumers' countries.

An important short term objective of the ITTO is to achieve sustainable forest manage-ment in producing countries in the year 2000. The PROSEA project on lesser-known timbers will contribute substantially to the achievement of this objective as the information from this volume will provide a more solid basis for an efficient use of timbers and for reforestation programmes.

In his speech Prof. Aprilani Soegiarto introduced PROSEA programme and products. The main products in the first implementation phase 1991-1995 were among others the two timber books on major and minor commercial timbers funded by ITTO. He explained that after the signing of the second Agreement implementation of the project on lesser-known timbers is secured. Prof. Aprilani, on behalf of the PROSEA Foundation, expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the Ministry of Forestry and ITTO for their continuous support to the PROSEA programme.

Junus Kartasubrata

Signing of Agreement on Lesser-known timbers. From left to right : Dr. B. C. Y. Freezailah (Executive Director of ITTO), Mr. Soemarsono (Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation), Prof. Aphlani Soegiarto (Chairman of PROSEA Board of Trustees).

Progress on PROSEA books

PROSEA 5(3): Timber trees: Lesser-known timbers

Editors: M.S.M. Sosef, L.T. Hong

Due to the deeply regretted death of Professor I. Soerianegara (see page 4 of this Newsletter) a successor for him as editor is being sought. Because ITTO commitments for the financial support for this volume have been materialized (Japanese, Netherlands and Indonesian Governments, see Signing of Agreement in this Newsletter), work could really start at full swing early this year. For 240 of the total of about 320 genera, authors have been invited and about 150 authors have sent back signed contracts. About 30 genera were prepared by the PROSEA staff in Wageningen and entered the first editorial round already. About 20 drawings are ready and drafts for another 20 have already been made. The first ITTO Steering Committee Meeting for this project took place on 4 April 1996 at the Ministry of Forestry in Jakarta. A workshop to prepare wood-anatomical contributions for this volume, under the guidance of the associate editor, Professor PieterBaas, is planned for 11-25 November 1996 at FRIM, Malaysia.

PROSEA 9: Plants yielding non-seed carbohydrates

Editors: M. Flach & F. Rumawas
Coordinator: J.S. Siemonsma

The book (note the change in the title) was published in February 1996 and will officially be launched on 2 May at the Agricultural University in Wageningen during the PROSEA Executive Board Meeting.The book contains 237 pages and describes 54 major crops in 33 papers and about 50 minor species. The hardbound edition (ISBN 90-73348-51-X), price Fl. 125.00 (Dutch Guilders, approx. US $ 80.00), is available at Backhuys Publishers, P.O. Box 321, 2300 AH Leiden, the Netherlands. The low-price paperback edition (ISBN 979-8316-30-4) will be available for developing countries at the PROSEA Network Office in September 1996.

PROSEA 10: Cereals

Editors: G.J.H. Grubben & S. Partohardjono
Coordinator: J.S. Siemonsma

All 16 major species are in the last phase of the editing round. The introductory chapter is near completion and a first draft of the minor species has been made. Most drawings are ready. Publication can be expected at the end of July 1996.

PROSEA 11: Auxiliary plants in agriculture and forestry

Editors: /. Faridah Hanum & L.J.G. van der Maesen
Coordinator: L.P.A. Oyen

About 50 papers (out of about 95) are more or less ready (drawings included). Work on the introductory chapter is progressing well but slowly. The 150 minor species still need a final editorial round. An editors' meeting in Wageningen is planned for the last week of May 1996. It is hoped that the manuscript can be delivered to the printer before the end of 1996.

PROSEA 12: plants Medicinal and poisonous

Editors (proposed): L.S. de Padua Nuntavan Bunyapraphatsara & R.H.M.J. Lemmens
Coordinator: R.H.M.J. Lemmens

The Preparatory Committee met from 6-8 November 1995 and made proposals for the Task Force. The Task Force meeting (9 members) was held in Bogor from 12-13 March 1996 and made recommendations for the set-up of this volume. It has been proposed to subdivide volume 12 into 3 subvolumes and to give genera treatments for PROSEA 12(1) about 100 genera, PROSEA 12(2) about 180 and PROSEA 12(3) about 375. For more details on the recommendations of the Task Force and for the names of treated genera, see elsewhere in this Newsletter.

PROSEA 13: Spices

Coordinator: J.S. Siemonsma

A first draft of species to be treated has been made and a survey of candidate editors is taking place.

PROSEA 14: Vegetable oils and fats

Coordinator : E. Westphal

A survey of candidate editors is taking place.

PROSEA 15: Cryptogams

Editors: W.F. Prud'homme van Reine & Mien A. Rifai Coordinator: J.S. Siemonsma

About 100 manuscripts (out of 190) have been received and work is in full swing. Much work has still to be done. At this moment it is impossible to predict the approximate publication date.

PROSEA Bibliography 6 : Rattans

Editors: N. Wulijami-Soetjipto & Sarkat Danimihardja

The book was published in November 1995. ISBN 979-8316-25-8. It contains 87 pages with 514 references.
Price : US$ 8.00, available at the PROSEA Network.

PROSEA Bibliography 7: Bamboos

Editors: N. Wulijami-Soetjipto & Sarkat Danimihardja .

The book is in press. It contains 89 pages with 506 references, and will be available for distribution in May 1996.

P.C.M. Jan sen & Sarkat Danimihardja

Low-price edition of PROSEA 5(2): Timber trees; Minor commercial timbers. Published in 1995, 600 pages. ISBN 979-8316-18-5. Price US$ 24. Available at the PROSEA Network.

From some reviews

PROSEA 5(1): Timber trees: Major commercial timbers

'It constitutes the most comprehensive and informative source currently available, summarising our up-to-date knowledge in all aspects on commercially important timber trees of South-East Asia. A compendium like the PROSEA handbook is most welcome in a time where it becomes increasingly important for everyone in wood research to consider information of adjoining disciplines if new research activities are designed. Especially if this research contributes to the efforts to achieve a sustainable use of tropical forests'
(M. Trockenbrodt, Wood Science and Technology 29(3): 200, 1995).

'La recherche forestiere devrait etre accompagnee d'une recherche taxonomique mais la combinasion semble rarement realisee; c'est peut-etre pour cette raison que les deux tiers de I'ouvrage sont consacres au traitement des genres et de selection d'especes .... fournissant de precieuses informations'
(Lucien Trong, Bois et Forets des Tropiques 244: 80, 1995).

'This admirable book provides extensive information on useful and potentially useful tropical forest trees of South-East Asia, including physical attributes and tree behavior, longevity, climatic factors, soils, chemical properties and different woods, and processes of drying'
(Julia F. Morton, Economic Botany 49(3): 333-334, 1995).

'Anyone interested in diverse aspects of tropical trees and timbers from South-East Asia cannot find better and more comprehensive information at present. The editors and the many collaborating contributors are to be congratulated for having accomplished what is not only first-rate information but also should serve as a model for much needed similar work on trees and timbers from other regions and continents. All efforts to conserve and sustainably manage tropical forests depend on up-to-date knowledge of trees and forests' as quoted in the foreword. This is it'
(H.G. Richter, Hoizforschung 49(5): 482, 1995).

'The forty-seven detailed generic treatments in this book have been compiled by an impressive list of authorities and appear to be accurate and up-to-date.... The PROSEA books have already proved to be a valuable and much consulted part of our library... we are convinced that they will be an invaluable tool in efforts to devise systems for sustainable management of plant resources'
(Nick Brown & Mary Stockdale, Commonwealth Forestry Review 74(4): 379, 1995).

' This very detailed book will be the first place to look for information on the important timber trees of the area. Although the volume reviewed is a beautifully produced and expensive hardback, there is a low-priced paperback edition available from Bogor for all developing countries'
(Peter Gasson, Kew Bulletin 51(1), 1996).

PROSEA 5(2): Timber trees: Minor commercial timbers

'This subvolume, as was true of the first, is a major accomplishment, and should be a source of considerable pride to the PROSEA editors, sponsors, and seems somehow only proper to congratulate and thank the editors, and wish them well with producing Vol. 5(3), Lesser-used timbers'
(E.A. Wheeler, IAWA Journal 17(1) : 89-90, 1996).

PROSEA 6: Rattans

'This is a useful addition to the growing literature on this important resource. The availability of a cheaper 'developing country' edition is most welcome.... The editors and editorial staff have done a marvellous job creating a uniform product from the contributions of so many
(Chin See Chung, The Garden's Bulletin Singapore 46(2) : 138-139, 1994).

'The book does an excellent job of synthesizing what information is available on many rattans... The PROSEA books have already proved to be a valuable and much consulted part of our library .... we are convinced that they will be an invaluable tool in efforts to devise systems for sustainable management of plant resources'
(Nick Brown & Mary Stockdale, Commonwealth Forestry Review 74(4): 379, 1995).

'It is confusing that the literature is cited in three different ways... illustrations are kept to a minimum.... which is a pity.... The book is a must for professionals working with rattans and is highly recommended for anyone with even just a peripheral interest in this fascinating natural product. The editors and the authors are to be complimented'
(A.S. Barfod, Nordic Journal of Botany 15(4): 380, 1995).

PROSEA 7: Bamboos

'This is not a taxonomic work for identifying the bamboos... rather it is a complete compendium of all aspects of use, propagation, common names, and botany of....'useful' bamboos.... I recommend this reference book to anyone working on South-East Asian ethnobotany or agriculture and to many bamboo workers.... For the bamboo fancier or specialist, I think this volume should sit beside McClure's 1966 classic, The Bamboos: A Fresh Perspective, as the first place to check on a bamboo question'
(Jack B. Fisher, Economic Botany 49(4): 433, 1995).

PROSEA 8: Vegetables

' might think this is a work on plants exclusive to south-eastern Asia; you are wrong if you think that. Here is a book that covers your favorite species in both temperate and tropical climates. If the plant is not in this book, it is probably in one of the others in the series...The collection of PROSEA books will become the standard reference for years, supplementing and updating Purseglove's classical Tropical Crops.... the book is a pleasure to use and behold. I recommend the book heartily
(Daniel F. Austin, Economic Botany 49: 370, 1995).

P.C.M. Jansen

Trees for Life

At the end of 1995 PROSEA Indonesia signed an agreement with the Manggala Wanabakti Forestry Centre of the Ministry of Forestry to publish a book in Indonesian entitled 'Pohon Kehidupan' (Trees for Life). Thirty eight scientists from seven institutions were invited to prepare manuscripts on species selected from the PROSEA Handbook volumes with some addition from other sources. The taxa were treated in the same manner, but briefly, as in the PROSEA Handbook, covering botanical description, uses, potential and yield, propagation, planting and harvesting, production and trade, ecology and conservation, pests and diseases, and prospects.

The book deals with tree species currently used but also promising species recommended to be cultivated by farmers, transmigrant communities and in general by communities living around forests.

Among the 30 species treated are : Agathis dammara (Lambert) Rich., Aleurites mollucana (L.) Willd., Anacardium occidentale L. Artocarpus altilis (Park.) Fosberg, Artocarpus heterophyllus Lamk, Borassus flabellifer L., Cananga odorata (Lamk) Hook.f. & Thorns., Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn., Dryobalanops sumatrensis (J.F. Gmelin) Kosterm., Durio zibethinus Murr., Dyera costulata (Miq.) Hook f., Eucalyptus alba Reinw. ex Blume, Gnetum gnemon L., Lansium domesticum Correa, Macadam/a hildebrandii V.St., Melaleuca leucadendra (L.) L., Metroxylon sagu Rottboell, A/ypa fruticans Wurmb, Palaquium leiocarpum Boerl., Park/a speciosa Hassk., Pinus merkusii Jungh. & de Vriese, Pithecellobium jiringa Prain, Pometia pinnata J.R. & G. Foster, Schleichera oleosa (Lour.) Oken, Shorea javanica Koord. & Valeton, Shorea spp., Styrax benzoin Dryander, Tamarindus indica L., Uncaria gambir (Hunter) Roxb.

This book is available at the PROSEA Indonesia Country Office, Bogor. ISBN 979-8316-66-5. Price : US$ 9.00.

Hadi Sutarno


Professor Doctor Haji Ishemat DIgulian Soerianegara Master of Science

On 26 December 1995 Prof. Ishemat Digulian Soerianegara passed away peacefully at his home at Jalan Rimba Mulya H/25 Bogor, Indonesia.

Ishemat was borne in Digul, Irian Jaya, on 4 April 1933. He was married to Koestarijati and had three children: Sri Ismawati, Tarunajaya and Indra Setia Dewi. He graduated in forestry from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Indonesia, Bogor in 1961. He earned his MSc and PhD degrees in plant ecology from the University of Illinois, United States. From 1967-1976 he served as silviculturist and forest tree improvement specialist at the Forest Research Institute, Bogor. From 1976-1985 he was appointed Director of the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Tropical Biology in Bogor.

First as Lecturer and later as Professor he taught dendrology, forest ecology, tropical silviculture and forest tree improvement at the Bogor Agricultural University. He has presented papers to various national and international scientific meetings, and has served UNESCO and FAO as a consultant. He was one of the three creators of the Indonesian Selective Felling System (1973), and has laid the foundation for the environmental impact assessment of the forestry development programme.

In January 1990 Ishemat started his service for PROSEA as a member of the Task Force on the commodity group 'Timber Trees', together with Dr. Francis Ng from FRIM (Malaysia) and Mr. K.M. Kochummen, freelancer (Malaysia). Ishemat was appointed editor of PROSEA 5(1): 'Major commercial timbers' together with Dr. R.H.M.J. Lemmens (the Netherlands). He was editor of PROSEA 5(2): 'Minor commercial timbers', together with R.H.M.J. Lemmens (the Netherlands) and Mr. Wong Wing Chong (Malaysia). He was also appointed as editor of PROSEA 5(3): 'Lesser-known timbers'. Because of funding problems the work on the volume could not be started until April 1996. In December 1995 he passed away and could not see the start and the completion of the book. May PROSEA 5(3) be finished as he had envisioned.

The PROSEA family is deeply sorrowful with his sudden death. His students and colleagues will miss him as an astute member of the faculty.

May his bereaved family find strength facing this great grief.

May the younger generation of silviculturists and ecologists follow the exemplary achieve-ments of this great, but always low profiled scientist. May Professor Ishemat Soen'anegara rest in peace.

Junus Kartasubrata

A memorable photo : Editors of PROSEA 5(2) : 'Timber trees: Minor commercial timbers' at FRIM, Kepong, Malaysia, April 1994. From left to right: Prof. Ishemat Soerianegara, Mr. Wong Wing Chong (Editor), Dr. Roel Lemmens (Editor), Dr. Marc Sosef (Associate Editor).

Workshop on Planting and Managing Urban Forest in Kuala Lumpur

The Workshop was organized by the PROSEA Malaysia Country Office together with the host institution, the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), from 11-13 September 1995 in the Vistana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The objectives of the Workshop were :

  • To discuss relevant problems faced in implementing the greening programme;
  • As a next step to establish a database on plants for urban areas.

Ten papers were presented and discussed during the Workshop, as follows :

The Workshop was opened by Dato' Dr. Salleh Mohd. Nor (Director General of FRIM) and
closed by Dr. Abdul Razak Mohd. All (Deputy Director General of FRIM).

Elizabeth Philip

  1. Regulation and guidelines for urban planting - Tn. Hj. Ismail Ngah
  2. Bringing back natural elements into urban forest - Dr. G. Davidson
  3. Tree and public liability - Tn. Hj. Mohd. Aris Hj. Abu Bakar
  4. Conservation and education in urban forests - Pn Noor Aziin Yahya
  5. Forest trees in urban areas and nursery stock - Dr. K. Pearce
  6. Tree maintenance - Mr. P.S. Lam
  7. Pest management in urban areas - Dr. S. G. Khoo
  8. Disease manage-ment in urban areas Ms. Elizabeth Philip
  9. Transplanting large trees in urban areas- En Roslan Yaacob
  10. Urban forestry: An overview - Tn. Hj. Khuzaimah

From left to right: standing Data' Dr. Salleh Mohd. Nor (Director General FRIM), sitting left: Dr. N. Manokaran (Director of Environment FRIM), right: Dr. Abdul Razak Mohd. AH (Deputy Director General FRIM).

National Workshop on Dissemination of PROSEA Information in Hanoi

The Workshop was organized by the PROSEA Vietnam Country Office in cooperation with the IEBR (Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, National Centre for Natural Sciences and Technology) on 20 March 1996 in Hanoi.

The objective of the Workshop was to discuss problems in :

  • disseminating PROSEA infor-mation to the target groups concerned;
  • translating PROSEA products for dissemination in Vietnam.

Eight papers were presented and discussed during the Workshop, as follows :

  1. Dissemination of PROSEA products in the period 1996-2000 - Prof. Nguyen Tien 1996 Ban (PROSEA Country Office
  2. The evaluation of PROSEA products for extension activities of University students - Prof. Nguyen Ba (Hanoi University)
  3. The dissemination of information on plant resources for communities in southern Vietnam - Dr. Le Thi Kinh (Can Tho Agriculture University)
  4. Quality of leaflets and translation of PROSEA products for dissemination - Dr. Tran Hop (Hochiminh University)
  5. Disseminatlon of PROSEA information on traditional medicinal plants for people - Prof. Tran Cong Khanh (Institute of Pharmacy)
  6. Dissemination of PROSEA products and Government policies on forestry protection and development in Vietnam - Dr. Vu Van Dzung (Institute for Forestry Delineation and Research)
  7. Developing and strengthening cooperation between relevant institutions relating to PROSEA activities - Dr. Ngo
    Quang De (Faculty of Forestry)
  8. 8. Translation of PROSEA into Vietnamese and the form of leaflets and brochures for dissemination - Tran Ngoc Tran
    (Chief Editor 'Journal of Biology')

The most important recommen-dations of the Workshop are :

  1. PROSEALPE books should be more widely distributed for sale to provinces far from Hanoi;
  2. Vietnamese scientists should be encouraged to write papers for the PROSEA Handbook volumes, in particular PROSEA
    12 : 'Medicinal and poisonous plants';
  3. Cooperation with related agencies should be strengthened in the translation of PROSEA books;
  4. Discussion on the translation of PROSEA books should be made with the Department of Information within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Workshop was opened by Prof. Dang Huy Huynh and closed by Prof. Cao Van Sung (Director of IEBR).

Dzuong Due Huyen

Group photo of participants of the PROSEA National Workshop, 20 March 1996, in front of the Taiho Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Launching of Mga Nakakaing Prutas at Nuwes and Abstract Bibliography of Crop Science

In 1995, PROSEA Philippines Country Office published two books in cooperation with two organizations, government and private, namely the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) and the Crop Science Society of the Philippines (CSSP). The first book, a Tagalog version of PROSEA 2 'Edible fruits and nuts', entitled Mga Nakakaing Prutas at Nuwes was launched during the National Fruit Congress Exhibition '95 in Cagayan de Oro City. The theme of the Fruit Congress was 'Philippine fruits: Fresh approaches to production and global marketing'. The event was witnessed by no less than the President of the Philippines, Fidet V. Ramos and Secretary William G. Padolina of the Department of Science and Technology.

The second book entitled Abstract Bibliography of Crop Science Research for the last 25 years was launched during the 23rd PCARRD Anniversary, 9 November 1995. A copy was given to Secretary Roberto Sebastian of the Department of Agriculture.

The publication of the two books was conceptualized by the Crop Science Society of the Philippines to commemorate their 25 years of existence as a member of the scientific community.

Ma. Renelle F. Maligalig

The Tagalog version of PROSEA 2 'Edible fruits and nuts' entitled 'Mga Nakakaing Prutas at Nuwes'.

President Fidel V. Ramos graced the National Fruit Congress and Exhibition '95 with his presence. The Tagalog version of PROSEA 2 'Edible fruits and nuts' entitled 'Mga Nakakaing Prutas at Nuv/es' was launched and presented to the President.

Meeting of the PROSEA Task Force on Medicinal and Poisonous Plants

From 12-13 March 1996 a meeting of the Task Force on Medicinal and Poisonous Plants was organized at the Research and Development Centre for Biology-LIPI in Bogor, Indonesia. At the opening the members of the Task Force were welcomed by Dr.Junus Kartasubrata, Head of the PROSEA Network Office in the presence of Dr. Soetikno Wirjohatmodjo (Director, Research and Development Centre for Biology-LIPI), Prof. Soekiman Atmosoedaryo (member PROSEA Board of Trustees) and Prof. Dr. Sampurno Kadarsan (member PROSEA Board of Trustees). Prof. Dr. Aphlani Soegiarto (chairman PROSEA Board of Trustees) officially opened the meeting.

The Task Force consisting of Prof. L.S. de Padua (chair-woman, the Philippines), Dr. R.H.M.J. Lemmens (secretary, the Netherlands), Mrs. N. Wulijami-Soetjipto (Indonesia), Prof. Dr. Sjamsul Arifin Achmad (Indonesia), Prof. Dr. A. M. Latiff (Malaysia), Prof. Dr. P.P. Labadie (the Netherlands), Dr. Nuntavan Bunyapraphatsara (Thailand), Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tien Ban (Vietnam) and Dr. D.K. Holdsworth (United Kingdom) discussed in a pleasant atmosphere the set-up of PROSEA volume 12: 'Medicinal and poisonous plants'. A discussion paper for the meeting with practical proposals had been prepared by a small Preparatory Committee during a meeting held from 6-8 November 1995 in Wageningen, the Netherlands.

The most important recommendations which will be presented to the PROSEA Board of Trustees are:

The papers should be genus treatments instead of species treatments comparable to PROSEA 5: 'Timber trees'.

  1. PROSEA 12 should be subdivided into 3 subvolumes, based on the importance of the genera. The subvolumes should not be given specific titles. In PROSEA 12(1) approximately 100 genera will be textually treated, in PROSEA 12(2) 200 genera and in PROSEA 12(3) 375 genera.
  2. An introduction dealing with all general aspects should be included in the first subvolume.

The Task Force agreed with the proposal made by the Head of the PROSEA Publication Office for the Board of Trustees on an editorial team for PROSEA 12. The team consists of:

Editors: Prof. L.S. de Padua (Medicinal plants, ;the Philippines), Dr. Nuntavan Bunyapraphatsara (Medicinal plants, Thailand), Dr. R.H.M.J. Lemmens (PROSEA Publication Office, the Netherlands)

Associate editors: Prof. Dr. Sjamsul Arifin Achmad (Chemist, Indonesia), Prof. Dr. A.M. Latiff (Medidnal plants, Malaysia), Dr. D.K. Holdsworth (Medidnal plants, Papua New Guinea & Borneo), Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tien Ban (Medicinal plants, Vietnam) and Prof. Dr. R.P. Labadie (Pharmacognosist, the Netherlands).

The work on PROSEA 12(1) will start with the invitation of authors, which is scheduled for May-June 1996. The identification of potential authors is a major task for the editors and the PROSEA country officers. Anyone interested to contribute as an author of PROSEA 12(1)
is invited to find an announcement on page 7 of this Newsletter.

Participants of the Task Force Meeting on Medicinal and Poisonous Plants, Bogor, Indonesia, 12-13 March 1996. From left to right: Mrs. N. Wulijami-Soetjipto, Prof. P.P. Labadie, Dr. Junus Kartasubrata, Prof. L.S. de Padua, Dr. O.K. Holdsworth, Prof. Sjamsul Arifin Achmad, Dr. R.H.M.J. Lemmens, Dr. Nuntavan Bunyapraphatsara, Prof. A. M. Latiff, Prof. Nguyen Tien Ban.

R.H.M.J. Lemmens & N. Wulijarni-Soetjipto

Who are the buyers of the PROSEA LPE books ?

The low-price edition (LPE) of the PROSEA Handbook volumes and the PROSEA Bibliography have been produced and sold for some time. A small study on the distribution of the LPE's indicated that there were 290 buyers purchasing the books from the Network Office in 1995.

One hundred twenty six buyers were from South-East Asian countries, and 159 from industrialized countries working in Indonesia in various development programmes such as JICA, Tropenbos, FAO, etc., and others from foreigners just visiting the Network Office. Of the remaining five buyers the country of origin could not be identified.

From the total of 988 copies sold in 1995, 245 copies or 24,1 were sold at meeting events, i.e. conferences, seminars, symposia and workshops. Some examples :

  • At the International Symposium of Bamboo in Bali, June 1995: 161 copies, 82 buyers.
  • At the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) Symposium in Serpong, August 1995: 39 copies, 12 buyers.
  • At the Indonesian National Biological Congress, Depok, July 1995 : 19 copies, 11 buyers.
  • At the Ethnobotany Seminar, Yogyakarta, February 1995 : 26 copies, 10 buyers.

As a follow up of those meetings book orders were received from the respective participants and their colleagues.

A breakdown into commodities of the books sold gave the following picture (in the order from high to low) : Bamboos, Edible fruits and nuts, Major commercial timbers, a . Vegetables and Rattans. The sequence for the Bibliography was: a Forages, Major commercial timbers.

Setyati Harjadi & Irfan Afandi

Exposition comer of PROSEA at the International Bamboo Congress in Ubud, Bali, 17-22 June 1995. Left to right: Dr. Junus Kartasubrata (Head PROSEA Network Office), Ms. Linda Garland (organizer of the Congress), H.E. Joop Ave (Minister of Telecommunication and Tourism).

Appeal for potential authors for PROSEA 12(1): Medicinal and poisonous plants

About 100 genera will be treated in the PROSEA volume 12(1). Anyone interested to contribute as an author is asked to notify the PROSEA Publication Office of his/her choice from the following list as soon as possible (preferably more than one genus).

Generalisted alphabetically by family name:

Andrographis (Acanthaceae)
Justicia (Acanthaceae)
R hinacanthus (Acanthaceae)
Aerva (Amaranthaceae)
Alternanthera (Amaranthaceae)
Amaranthus (Amaranthaceae)
Curculigo (Amaryllidaceae)
Cataranthus (Apocynaceae)
Holarrhena (Apocynaceae)
Rauwolfia (Apocynaceae)
Acorus (Araceae)
Schefflera (Araliaceae)
Aristolochia (Aristolochiaceae)
Carmona (Boraginaceae)
Heliotropium (Boraginaceae)
Cannabis (Cannabinaceae)
Chenopodium (Chenopodiaceae)
Quisqualis (Combretaceae)
Achillea (Compositae)
Ageratum (Compositae)
Artemisia (Compositae)
Bidens (Compositae)
Blumea (Compositae)
Elephantopus (Compositae)
Taraxacum (Compositae)
Vernonia (Compositae)
Kalanchoe (Crassulaceae)
Momordica (Cucurbitaceae)
Trichosanthes (Cucurbitaceae)
Cyperus (Cyperaceae)
Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae)
Jatropha (Euphorbiaceae)
Phyllanthus (Euphorbiaceae)
Erythroxylum (Erythroxylaceae)
Hydnocarpus (Flacourtiaceae)
Cymbopogon (Gramineae)
Imperata (Gramineae)
Hypehcum (Hypericaceae)
Belamcanda (Iridaceae)
Mentha (Labiatae)
Ocimum (Labiatae)
Orthosiphon (Labiatae)
Plectranthus (Labiatae)
Cinnamomum (Lauraceae)
Cryptocarya (Lauraceae)
Abrus (Leguminosae)
Cassia (Leguminosae)
Deris (Leguminosae)
Desmodium (Leguminosae)
Mimosa (Leguminosae)
Pueraha (Leguminosae)
Sophora (Leguminosae)
Allium (Liliaceae)
Aloe (Liliaceae)
Gloriosa (Liliaceae)
Strychnos (Loganiaceae)
Arcangelisia (Menispermaceae)
Cissampelos (Menispermaceae)
Cylea (Menispermaceae)
Stephania (Menispermaceae)
Tinospora (Menispermaceae)
Antiaris (Moraceae)
Fatoua (Moraceae)
Ficus (Moraceae)
Morus (Moraceae)
Myristica (Myristicaceae)
Embelia (Myrsinaceae)
Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae)
Melaleuca (Myrtaceae)
Jasminum (Oleaceae)
Oxalis (Oxalidaceae)
Papaver (Papaveraceae)
Phytolacca (Phytolaccaceae)
Peperomia (Piperaceae)
Piper (Piperaceae)
Plantago (Plantaginaceae)
Plumbago (Plumbaginaceae)
Cinchona (Rubiaceae)
Ixora (Rubiaceae)
Oldenlandia (Rubiaceae)
Citrus (Rutaceae)
Cardiospermum (Sapindaceae)
Schisandra (Schisandraceae)
Picrorhiza (Scrophulariaceae)
Brucea (Simaroubaceae)
Eurycoma (Simaroubaceae)
Smilax (Smilacaceae)
Datura (Solanaceae)
Hyoscyamus (Solanaceae)
Solanum (Solanaceae)
Melochia (Sterculiaceae)
Angelica (Umbelliferae)
Centella (Umbelliferae)
Pimpinella (Umbelliferae)
Lantana (Verbenaceae)
Premna (Verbenaceae)
Verbena (Verbenaceae)
Vitex (Verbenaceae)
Amomum (Zingiberaceae)
Curcuma (Zingiberaceae)
Kaempferia (Zingiberaceae)
Zingiber (Zingiberaceae)

R.H.M.J. Lemmens
Coordinator : PROSEA 12(1):
Medicinal and poisonous plants
PROSEA Publication Office
Wageningen Agricultural University
P.O. Box 341
6700 AH Wageningen
The Netherlands
Phone: (31) (317) 484587
Fax : (31) (317) 482206

Arcangelisia flava (L.) Merr. @ 1, flowering and fruiting twig; 2, staminate flower; 3, unopened staminate flower.

PROSEA Board of Trustees March 1996

Chairman : Prof. Dr. Aprilani Soegiarto (LIPI, Indonesia)
Vice-chairman : Prof. Dr. C.M. Karssen (WAU, the Netherlands)
Members : Dr. Abdul Razak Mohd. Al (FRIM, Malaysia)
    Mr. Misty Baloiloi
Dr. B.P. del Rosaho
Mr. Chalermchai Honark
Prof. Dr. Dang Huy Huynh
Prof. Dr. Sampurno Kadarsan
Prof. Soekiman Atmosoedaryo
Mr. J.M. Schippers
(UNITECH, Papua New Guinea)
(PCARRD, Philippines)
(TISTR, Thailand)
(IEBR-NCNST, Vietnam)
(YSW, Indonesia)
(PUDOC, the Netherlands)
Secretaries : Dr. Junus Kartasubrata (Network Office)
    Dr. J.S. Siemonsma (Publication Office)

PROSEA Network

Network Office South-East Asia

Dr. Junus Kartasubrata,
Head c/o Research and Development Centre for Biology - L1P1
Jalan H. Ir. Juanda 22
P.O. Box 234 Bogor 16122
Phone : (0251) 322859, 370934
Fax : (0251) 370934
E-mail :

Indonesia Country Office
Dr. Rusdy E. Nasution
Programme Leader Research and Development Centre for Biology - LIPI
Jalan H. Ir. Juanda 22 Bogor 16122
Phone : (0251) 370953

Malaysia Country Office
Dr. Abdul Razak Mohd. AH
Programme Leader Director-General, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
Jalan FRIM, Kepong Karung Berkunci 201 52109 Kuala Lumpur
Phone : (03) 6342633
Telex : FRIM-MA-27007
Fax : (60) (3) 6367753
E-mail :

Papua New Guinea Country Office
Dr. P. Siaguru
Programme Leader Department of Forestry PNG University of Technology (UNITECH)
Private Mail Bag Lae
Papua New Guinea
Phone : (675) 434661, 434651
Fax : (675) 457622, 424067

Philippines Country Office
Dr. B.P. del Rosario
Programme Leader Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) Paseo de Valmayor
P.O. Box 425
Los Barios, Laguna 4030
The Philippines
Phone : 5360014 to 5360020, 5360024
Telex : 40860 PARRS PM
Fax : (63) (94) 5360016, 53600132
E-mail :

Thailand Country Office
Mr. Soonthorn Duriyaprapan
Programme Leader Agro-Technology Department Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR)
196 Phahonyothin Road Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Thailand Phone : 579-5515, 579-0160
Telex : 21392 TISTR TH
Fax : (66) (2) 561-4771
E-mail :

Vietnam Country Office
Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tien Ban
Programme Leader Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR) -
National Centre for Natural Sciences and Technology (NCNST)
Nghia Do, Tu Liem, Hanoi
Phone : (84) (4) 8346306
Telex : 411525 NCSR UT
Fax : (84) (4) 8361561, 8352483
E-mail : hanoi!

Publication Office
Dr. J.S. Siemonsma,
Head Wageningen Agricultural University (WAU) Haarweg 333
P.O. Box 341
6700 AH Wageningen
The Netherlands
Phone : (31) (317) 484587
Telex : 4591 BURLU
Fax : (31) (317) 482206
E-mail : elly.fokkema@pros.agro.

PROSEA Netwoik Office
c/o. Herbarium Bogoriense, RDCB-LIPI
P.O. Box 234, Bogor 16122