The below is a list of publications from the BEFTA Programme.


25. Pashkevich, M.D., d’Albertas, F., Aryawan, A.A.K., Buchori, D., Caliman, J-P., González Chaves, A.D., Hidayat, P., Kreft, H., Naim, M., Razafimahatratra, A., Turner, E.C., Zemp, D.C., Luke, S.H. (2022). Nine actions to successfully restore tropical agroecosystems. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, doi:

24. Pashkevich, M.D., Spear, D.M., Advento, A.D., Caliman, J-P., Foster, W.A., Luke, S.H., Naim, M., Ps, S., Snaddon, J.L., Turner, E.C. (2022). Spiders in canopy and ground microhabitats are robust to changes in understory vegetation management practices in mature oil palm plantations (Riau, Indonesia). Basic and Applied Ecology, doi: 

23. Popkin M., Reiss-Woolever V.J., Turner E.C., Luke S.H. (2022). A systematic map of within-plantation oil palm management practices reveals a rapidly growing but patchy evidence base. PLOS Sustain Transform, doi:

22. Pashkevich, M.D., Luke, S., Aryawan, A.A.K., Waters, H.S., Caliman, J-P., Dupérré, N., Naim, M., Potapov, A.M., Turner, E.C. (2022) Riparian buffers made of mature oil palms have inconsistent impacts on oil palm ecosystems. Ecological Applications, doi:

21. Hood, A.S-C., Aryawan, A.A.K., Advento, A.D., Suberkah, W.R., Ashton-Butt, A., Ps, S., Caliman, J-P., Naim, M., Foster, W.A., Turner, E.C. (2022) A whole-ecosystem method for experimentally suppressing ants on a small scale. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.13774


20. Reiss-Woolever, V.J., Luke, S.H., Stone, J., Shackelford, G.E., Turner, E.C. (2021) Systematic mapping shows the need for increased socio-ecological research on oil palm. Environmental Research Letters, doi:  10.1088/1748-9326/abfc77

19. Pashkevich, M.D., Aryawan, A.A.K., Luke, S.H., Dupérré, N., Waters, H.S., Caliman, J-P., Naim, M., Turner, E.C. (2021) Assessing the effects of oil palm replanting on arthropod biodiversity. Journal of Applied Ecology, doi:  10.1111/1365-2664.13749


18. Hood, A.S-C., Advento, A.D., Stone, J., Fayle, T.M., Fairnie, A.L.M., Waters, H.S., Foster, W.A., Snaddon, J.L., Ps, S., Caliman, J-P., Naim, M., Turner, E.C. (2020) Removing understory vegetation in oil palm agroforestry reduces ground-foraging ant abundance but not species richness. Basic and Applied Ecology, doi: 10.1016/j.baae.2020.07.002

17. Hood, A.S-C., Pashkevich, M.D., Dahlsjö, C.A.L., Advento, A.D., Aryawan, A.A.K., Caliman, J-P., Naim, M., Head, J.J., Turner, E.C. (2020) Termite mounds house a diversity of taxa in oil palm plantations irrespective of understory management. Biotropica, doi: 10.1111/btp.12754

16. Luke, S.H.*, Advento, A.D.*, Dow, R.A., Aryawan, A.A.K., Barclay, H., Eycott, A.E., Hinsch, J.K., Kurniawan, C., Naim, M., Mann, D.J., Pujianto, Purnomo, D., Rambe, T.D.S., Slade, E.M., Soeprapto, Ps, S., Suhardi, Tarigan, R.S., Wahyuningsih, R., Widodo, R.H., Caliman, J-P., Snaddon, J.L., Foster, W.A., Turner, E.C. (2020) Complexity within an oil palm monoculture: the effects of habitat variability and rainfall on adult dragonfly (Odonata) communities. Biotropica, doi: 10.1111/btp.12749

15. Luke, S.H., Advento, A.D., Aryawan, A.A.K., Adhy, D.H., Ashton-Butt, A., Barclay, H., Dewi, J.P., Drewer, J., Dumbrell, A.J., Edi, Eycott, A.E., Harianja, M.F., Hinsch, J.K., Hood, A.S-C., Kurniawan, C., Kurz, D.J., Mann, D.J., Matthews Nicholass, K.J., Naim, M., Pashkevich, M.D., Prescott, G.W., Ps, S., Pujianto, Purnomo, D., Purwoko, R.R., Putra, S., Rambe, T.D.S., Soeprapto, Spear, D.M., Suhardi, Tan, D.J.X., Tao, H-H., Tarigan, R.S., Wahyuningsih, R., Waters, H.S., Widodo, R.H., Whendy, Woodham, C.R., Caliman, J-P., Slade, E.M., Snaddon, J.L., Foster, W.A., Turner, E.C. (2020) Managing oil palm plantations more sustainably: large-scale experiments within the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Programme. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2, doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2019.00075


14. Eycott, A.E., Advento, A.D., Waters, H.S., Luke, S.H., Aryawan, A.A.K., Hood, A.S.C., Naim, M., Ps, S., Pujianto, Purnomo, D., Rambe, T.D.S., Soeprapto, Suhardi, Tarigan, R.S., Wahyuningsih, R., Widodo, R.H., Caliman, J-P., Snaddon, J.L., Foster, W.A., Turner, E.C. (2019) Resilience of ecological functions to drought in an oil palm agroecosystem. Environmental Research Communications, 1(10)doi: 10.1088/2515-7620/ab48da

13. Hood, A.S.C.*, Aryawan, A.A.K.*, Advento, A.D., Purnomo, D., Wahyuningsih, R., Luke, S.H., Ps, S., Snaddon, J.L., Foster, W.A., Caliman, J-P., Turner, E.C., Naim, M. (2019) Understory Vegetation in Oil Palm Plantations Promotes Leopard Cat Activity, but Does Not Affect Rats or Rat Damage. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2(9)doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2019.00051

12. Luke, S.H.*, Purnomo, D.*, Advento A.D., Aryawan, A.A.K.,  Naim, M., Pikstein R.N., Ps S., Rambe, T.D.S., Soeprapto, Caliman, J-P., Snaddon J.L., Foster, W.A., Turner, E.C. (2019) Effects of Understory Vegetation Management on Plant Communities in Oil Palm Plantations in Sumatra, Indonesia. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2(9)doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2019.00033

11. Woodham, C.R., Aryawan, A.A.K., Luke, S.H., Manning, P., Caliman, J-P., Naim, M., Turner, E.C., Slade, E.M. (2019) Effects of Replanting and Retention of Mature Oil Palm Riparian Buffers on Ecosystem Functioning in Oil Palm Plantations. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2(9), doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2019.00029.

10. Ashton‐Butt, A., Willcock, S., Purnomo, D., Aryawan, A.A.K, Wahyuningsih, R., Naim, M., Poppy, G.M., Caliman, J-P., Peh, K.S‐H., and Snaddon, J.L. (2019) Replanting of first‐cycle oil palm results in a second wave of biodiversity loss. Ecology and Evolution, 9, no. 11: 6433-6443, doi: 10.1002/ece3.5218


9. Ashton-Butt, A., Aryawan, A.A., Hood, A.S., Naim, M., Purnomo, D., Suhardi, Wahyuningsih, R., Willcock, S.Poppy, G.Caliman, J-P.Turner, E.C.Foster, W.A., Peh, K. S.-H. & Snaddon, J.L. (2018) Understory vegetation in oil palm plantations benefits soil biodiversity and decomposition rates. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2018.00010

8. Spear D.M., Foster W.A., Advento A.D., Naim, M., Caliman, J-P, Luke, S.H., Snaddon, J.L., Ps, S., Turner, E.C. (2018) Simplifying understory complexity in oil palm plantations is associated with a reduction in the density of a cleptoparasitic spider, Argyrodes miniaceus (Araneae: Theridiidae), in host (Araneae: Nephilinae) webs. Ecology and Evolution, 1–9, doi: 10.1002/ece3.3772

7. Tao, H.-H., Snaddon, J.L., Slade, E.M., Henneron, L., Caliman, J.-P., & Willis, K.J. (2018). Application of oil palm empty fruit bunch effects on soil biota and functions: A case study in Sumatra, Indonesia.Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 256(November 2017), 105–113, doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2017.12.012


6. Tao, H-H., Snaddon, J., Slade, E. M., Caliman, J-P., Widodo, R., Suhardi, & Willis, K. J. (2017) Long-term crop residue application maintains oil palm yield and temporal stability of production. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, doi: 10.1007/s13593-017-0439-5


5. Kurz, D.J., Turner, E.C., Aryawan, A.A., Barkley, H.C., Caliman, J-P., Konopik, O., Foster, W.A. (2016) Replanting reduces frog diversity in oil palm. Biotropica, doi: 10.1111/btp.12320

4. Tao, H-H., Slade, E.M., Willis, K.W., Caliman, J-P., Snaddon, J.L. (2016) Effects of soil management practices on soil fauna feeding activity in an Indonesian oil palm plantation. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 218, 133-140, doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2015.11.012


3. Tao, H-H., Snaddon, J.L., Slade, E.M., Wahyu, R., Caliman, J-P., Willis, K.W. (2015) Effects of empty fruit bunch (EFB) application on soil fauna feeding activity in oil palm plantations. In Webb M.J., et al. (eds). Sustainable Management of Soil in Oil Palm Plantings. Proceedings of a workshop held in Medan, Indonesia, 7–8 November 2013. ACIAR Proceedings No. 144. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research: Canberra. 70 pp.


2. Foster, W.A., Snaddon, J.L., Dwi Advento, A., Aryawan, A.A.K., Barclay, H., Caliman, J-P., Kurniawan, C., Kurz, D.J., Mann, D., Naim, M., Purnomo, D., Pujianto, Rambe, T.D.S., Slade, E.M., Soeprapto, Suhardi, Ps, S., Tarigan, R.S., Wahyuningsih, R., Widodo, R.H. and Turner, E.C. (2014) The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Project. The Planter, Kuala Lumpur, 90, 1061, 581-591.

1. Slade, E.M., Burhanuddin, M.I., Caliman, J-P., Foster, W.A., Naim, M., Prawirosukarto, S., Snaddon, J.L., Turner, E.C., Mann, D.J. (2014) Can cattle grazing in mature oil palm increase biodiversity and ecosystem service provision? The Planter, Kuala Lumpur, 90, 1062, 655-665.

* These authors should be considered as joint first authors.

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