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Amazon API - Product Category List

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How can I find a list of amazon product categories using the Amazon's API. I use PHP as my programming language. Please provide an example if possible.
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Check this out:
https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/advertising/api/detail/main.html

You might find something useful here:
http://aws.amazon.com/fws/

This is interesting, too:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=14113001

I could not find any definition that seemed to hold together well for the term Categories.  Amazon has Departments, and apparently sub-departments, but I think there are some heuristics involved in processing site searches.  This is the select list for the Departments.
<select name="url" id="searchDropdownBox" class="searchSelect" title="Search in"  style='min-width:185px;' >
<option value="search-alias=aps">All Departments</option>
<option value="search-alias=amazontv">Amazon Instant Video</option>
<option value="search-alias=automotive">Automotive</option>
<option value="search-alias=baby-products">Baby</option>
<option value="search-alias=beauty">Beauty</option>
<option value="search-alias=stripbooks">Books</option>
<option value="search-alias=mobile">Cell Phones & Accessories</option>
<option value="search-alias=apparel">Clothing & Accessories</option>
<option value="search-alias=electronics">Electronics</option>
<option value="search-alias=grocery">Grocery & Gourmet Food</option>
<option value="search-alias=hpc">Health & Personal Care</option>
<option value="search-alias=garden">Home, Garden & Pets</option>
<option value="search-alias=industrial">Industrial & Scientific</option>
<option value="search-alias=jewelry" selected="selected">Jewelry</option>
<option value="search-alias=digital-text">Kindle Store</option>
<option value="search-alias=magazines">Magazine Subscriptions</option>
<option value="search-alias=dvd">Movies & TV</option>
<option value="search-alias=digital-music">MP3 Downloads</option>
<option value="search-alias=popular">Music</option>
<option value="search-alias=mi">Musical Instruments</option>
<option value="search-alias=office-products">Office Products & Supplies</option>
<option value="search-alias=shoes">Shoes</option>
<option value="search-alias=software">Software</option>
<option value="search-alias=sporting">Sports & Outdoors</option>
<option value="search-alias=tools">Tools & Home Improvement</option>
<option value="search-alias=toys-and-games">Toys & Games</option>
<option value="search-alias=vhs">VHS</option>
<option value="search-alias=videogames">Video Games</option>
<option value="search-alias=watches">Watches</option>
</select>

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http://www.amazon.com/automotive-auto-truck-replacements-parts/b/ref=sd_allcat_apa?ie=UTF8&node=15684181

This is a link which shows categories/sub-categories. I am hoping to find all categories/subcategories in Amazon. I am not a registered seller but I hear they have something called as "browse tree guide" for amazon sellers which might be able to provide this. Any findings?
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