TropCrop : an introduction to Crops grown in the Tropics and Subtropics

Teach-yourself software with interactive textbooks, quizzes, database, 6000 photos, video

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" TropCrop really is a 'must-have' program if you need to be savvy quickly - for whatever reason - on cultivated plants in hot countries."

" On missions to rural areas in the tropics, TropCrop on my laptop comes in very handy: great for reference, and - with these thousands of photos - great as a communication tool. And no internet connection needed! "

Crops featuring in TropCrop (incl. photo samples)

See below for user licences for TropCrop.


More about the TropCrop courseware

Main learning goals
: recognising the 100 most important (sub-)tropical crops in the field and their harvest products on the market, and knowing what these crops and products are used for.
How to use it: TropCrop is targeted for self-study as well as for use in tutored classes.
Level: tertiary education (tutoring probably needed for use in secondary education).
selfstudy using CropQuizzz

  TropCrop has been developed, and is constantly updated and expanded in cooperation with the Department of Plant Sciences of  Wageningen University, Netherlands.

Main components
The latest edition of TropCrop is version 2.46 (28may2024). See the Version history for differences with previous versions; under 'Current editor's version' you can see what's in store for the next edition.
Currently, TropCrop consists of the modules

Which crops feature in TropCrop and in which of its modules
See the Crops page for an overview of all the crops and a taste of the type and quality of the photographs used.

The self-contained modules of TropCrop are directly accessible via the XS2ALL programme-overview-annex-control-panel screen.


TropCrop is stand-alone software. A web-based/on-line version is not available. The TropCrop programme is delivered as a download, or on a DVD or USB stick; it runs under Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10/11. On a Mac, it will only run if a program like Parallels is installed (tested: OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 equipped with Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac). The web pages following this introduction are 1/4-size sample screen shots to give you an impression of the programme. Some of the buttons in the screen shots function as in the real thing: try them out!
For information on user licences for TropCrop, see the contact info below.

TropCrop is created by Rik Schuiling, agricultural botanist, tropical agronomist, and courseware developer who honed his skills at the Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University. His love for the natural beauty of the tropics, for traveling and for photography, in combination with his language skills and his eye for detail, not to mention his training and experience in agricultural science, has resulted in a truly special piece of educational software in which his enthusiasms clearly transpire: courseware that will inspire you and your students!

In 1993, the former Tropical Crop Science section of Wageningen University's Plant Sciences Group, at instigation of its professor Louise FRESCO, started to look into the possibilities of Computer-Aided Education for the lab 'Introductory Course in Tropical Crops'. This resulted in the TropCrop software.

Parts of TropCrop's development have been joint projects with
- XOTUS Exotic Plants Centre, Delft, Netherlands (1994-jun1995), and
- the former Institute of Agronomy and Animal Production in the Tropics and Subtropics at the University of Goettingen, Germany (1996-1997).
Most of the textual information and botanical drawings in TropCrop are taken by permission from the excellent handbooks and websites of PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) and PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (1994-present). 

Authoring software used
TropCrop has been constructed and is constantly updated using the superior authoring system IconAuthor 7.6.

User licences
Single-user personal licence (indefinite period): EUR 37.50 .
For further information on the program and on the various other user licences for TropCrop, please contact us at

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The educational software "TropCrop : an introduction to crops grown in the tropics and subtropics" is a product of
TropCrop - TCS  courseware, one of the services of the Netherlands-based company

TropCrop - Tropical Crops Services

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which also offers
  TropCrop - TCS  fact finding, short field and desk studies on (sub-)tropical crops carried out for you, if need be on very short notice.
  TropCrop - TCS  science photography, image services combining my photographic and (plant) science skills for you.
  TropCrop - TCS  science editing, graphic designing and upgrading of your science communications (publications, reports, posters, flyers, extension fact sheets, etc.).
  TropCrop - TCS  guest lecturing, providing courses on tropical crops using the TropCrop educational software and (optionally) the portable TropCrop exhibition.

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Updated: thu04jul2024