The BEFTA Programme currently focusses on two large-scale experimental projects investigating the impacts of different oil palm management practices on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and yield.

The first, the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Project, was established in 2012 and has experimentally manipulated understory complexity in established oil palm plantations.

The second project, the Riparian Ecosystem Restoration in Tropical Agriculture (RERTA) Project will start in August 2016. This will experimentally assess the potential for restoring forest in riparian margins in established oil palm plantations during the replanting process.


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