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Oil palm replanting may decrease arthropod biodiversity

28 days ago   |   By British Ecological Society

Oil palm is the most traded vegetable oil in the world, featuring in products ranging from instant noodles to lipstick. It has long been the source of huge controversy as plantations - most of them in Southeast Asia - often replace tropical rainforests which are rich in biodiversity, depriving species of their habitats.
However, although levels of biodiversity are much lower than in forests, mature oil palm plantations have been found to support a wide range of generalist species. These generalist species are highly important because they provide vital services, like pollination, within...
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