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  • The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Project.

    Author(s) : Foster, W. A.Snaddon, J. L.Advento, A. D.A Agung K ABarclay, H.Caliman, J. P.Kurniawan, C.Kurz, D. J.Mann, D.Naim, M.Dedi, P.PujiantoT Dzulfikar S RSlade, E. M.SoepraptoSuhardiSudharto, P. S.Ribka, S. T.Resti, W.Rudi, H. W.Turner, E. C.

    Author Affiliation : Insect Ecology Group, Department of Zoology, New Museums Site, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EJ, UK.

    Journal article : Planter 2014 Vol.90 No.1061 pp.581-591 ref.31

    Abstract : Palm oil is among the most important vegetable oils worldwide. With increasing use as a feedstock for biofuel, its global demand is set to increase. Forest conversion to oil palm has severe impacts on biodiversity. However, little research has focussed either on methods that can be employed to maximise biodiversity within plantations or on the role this biodiversity plays in ecosystem functioning and crop production. Taking an experimental approach, the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Project aims to quantify the effect of habitat complexity within oil palm plantations on biodiversity and the role of this biodiversity in ecosystem functioning and productivity. As a collaborative project between ecology, conservation and industry researchers, BEFTA links ecological and agronomic expertise to identify management techniques that benefit biodiversity and ecosystem functioning with no cost to productivity. The project is now in its second year: we have established study plots, collected data on habitat structure, carried out surveys of a range of taxonomic groups, measured ecosystem functioning, and recorded palm oil yield. We describe the methods used in this project and discuss its likely implications and the importance of collaborations between research organisations and industry in pioneering biofriendly oil palm production.

    ISSN : 0126-575X

    URL : http://www.isp.org.my

    Record Number : 20153148944

    Publisher : Incorporated Society of Planters

    Location of publication : Kuala Lumpur

    Country of publication : Malaysia

    Language of text : English

    Language of summary : English

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