PROSEA Fiber Plant

Collection Location Perpustakaan Kebun Raya Purwodadi
Call Number 631.5 Bri f
ISBN/ISSN 979-8316-46-0
Author(s) R.P. Escobin
M. Brink
Subject(s) Fiber plants
Tanaman serat
Classification 631.5
Series Title
GMD Text
Language English
Publisher Prosea Foundation
Publishing Year 2003
Publishing Place Bogor
Collation 456 hal
Abstract/Notes Prosea, short for ‘Plant Resources of South-East Asia’, is an international programme focused on South-East Asia. Its purpose is to make availabe the wealth of dispersed knowledge on plant resources for education, extension, research and industri through a computerized data bank and an illustrated multivolume handbook. A thorough knowladge of plant resources is essential for human life and plays a key role in ecologically balanced land-use systems. Extensive information on the plants growing in the region is needed to enable the plant resources of each country to be used optimally. A large international team of expert is preparing the text on particular species or genera, which are being published in comodity groups. All taxa are treated in a similiar manner with details on uses, botany, ecology, agronomy or silviculture, genetic resources, breeding, prospects and literature.
This volume deals with the plants of South-East Asia that are cyltivated or collected from the wild as fibre plants. A broad definition of fibre plants has been applied, and they are considered to comprise: plants used for textiles, cordage and paper (including those used for toothbrushhes, sponges, and cork); and plants used for making baskets, mats and wickerwork (including brooms); and plants used for packing and thatching (including leaves used as platters, for garments and as sandpaper). This diverse group includes species producing the well-known plant fibres of international trade such as cotton, jute and flax, of which the use dates back to early civilizations. The group also includes many lesser-known fibre plants, which are of regional or local importance only.
This volume covers 72 major species, including abaca, cantala, cotton, flax, jute, kapok, kenaf, ramie, roselle and sisal, treated in 45 papers. There are also 126 brief treatment of 129 species of minor importance. A further 600 species, not primarily but secondarily used as fibre plants, are listed.
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