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Oil palm research in context: identifying the need for biodiversity assessment

Oil palm research in context: identifying the need for biodiversity assessment
Oil palm research in context: identifying the need for biodiversity assessment
Oil palm cultivation is frequently cited as a major threat to tropical biodiversity as it is centered on some of the world's most biodiverse regions. In this report, Web of Science was used to find papers on oil palm published since 1970, which were assigned to different subject categories to visualize their research focus. Recent years have seen a broadening in the scope of research, with a slight growth in publications on the environment and a dramatic increase in those on biofuel. Despite this, less than 1% of publications are related to biodiversity and species conservation. In the context of global vegetable oil markets, palm oil and soyabean account for over 60% of production but are the subject of less than 10% of research. Much more work must be done to establish the impacts of habitat conversion to oil palm plantation on biodiversity. Results from such studies are crucial for informing conservation strategies and ensuring sustainable management of plantations.
1932-6203
e1572
Turner, Edgar C.
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Snaddon, Jake L.
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Fayle, Tom M.
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Foster, William A.
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Turner, Edgar C.
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Fayle, Tom M.
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Foster, William A.
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Turner, Edgar C., Snaddon, Jake L., Fayle, Tom M. and Foster, William A. (2008) Oil palm research in context: identifying the need for biodiversity assessment. PLoS ONE, 3 (2), e1572. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001572).

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Oil palm cultivation is frequently cited as a major threat to tropical biodiversity as it is centered on some of the world's most biodiverse regions. In this report, Web of Science was used to find papers on oil palm published since 1970, which were assigned to different subject categories to visualize their research focus. Recent years have seen a broadening in the scope of research, with a slight growth in publications on the environment and a dramatic increase in those on biofuel. Despite this, less than 1% of publications are related to biodiversity and species conservation. In the context of global vegetable oil markets, palm oil and soyabean account for over 60% of production but are the subject of less than 10% of research. Much more work must be done to establish the impacts of habitat conversion to oil palm plantation on biodiversity. Results from such studies are crucial for informing conservation strategies and ensuring sustainable management of plantations.

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Published date: January 2008
Organisations: Centre for Biological Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 359408
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/359408
ISSN: 1932-6203
PURE UUID: 5d1a33f5-90b1-4d08-a911-d8c60191a9ea
ORCID for Jake L. Snaddon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3549-5472

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Date deposited: 01 Nov 2013 14:02
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:21

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Author: Edgar C. Turner
Author: Jake L. Snaddon ORCID iD
Author: Tom M. Fayle
Author: William A. Foster

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