How will oil palm expansion affect biodiversity?

Fitzherbert, Emily and Struebig, Matthew J. and Morel, Alexandra and Danielsen, Finn and Bruhl, Carsten A. and Donald, Paul F. and Phalan, Ben (2008) How will oil palm expansion affect biodiversity? Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 23 (10). pp. 538-545. ISSN 0169-5347. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Oil palm is one of the world's most rapidly increasing crops. We assess its contribution to tropical deforestation and review its biodiversity value. Oil palm has replaced large areas of forest in Southeast Asia, but land-cover change statistics alone do not allow an assessment of where it has driven forest clearance and where it has simply followed it. Oil palm plantations support much fewer species than do forests and often also fewer than other tree crops. Further negative impacts include habitat fragmentation and pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions. With rising demand for vegetable oils and biofuels, and strong overlap between areas suitable for oil palm and those of most importance for biodiversity, substantial biodiversity losses will only be averted if future oil palm expansion is managed to avoid deforestation.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: Y1 - 2008/10// [EPrints field already has value set] M3 - 10.1016/j.tree.2008.06.012 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JA - Trends Ecol Evol [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Arecaceae, Biodiversity, Conservation of Natural Resources, Crops, Agricultural, Plant Oils
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Matthew Struebig
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 11:29
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 09:09
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