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Reconciling oil palm and ecosystems

Oil palm plantations can supplant once biodiverse tropical forests. As planted areas expand, it is vital to plan landscapes to better balance biodiversity and oil palm production. Strategic ‘set-asides’ offer a key approach.

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R.K.R. was supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DE210100492).

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Runting, R.K., Wells, J.A. Reconciling oil palm and ecosystems. Nat Sustain 6, 481–482 (2023).

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