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Oil palms and primates can hardly co-exist in Africa

Future trajectories of global population growth, and the associated demand for vegetable-based oils for biofuels and human consumption make it evident that the expansion of oil palm cultivation will hardly slow down in the next 50 years. It is forecasted that a substantial portion of... click to read more

  • Giovanni Strona | Researcher at European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, Ispra, Italy
  • Zoltan Szantoi | Researcher at European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, Ispra, Italy; Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Stellenbosch University, Matieland 7602, South Africa
  • Ghislain Vieilledent | Researcher at Forêts et Sociétés, Université Montpellier, CIRAD, Montpellier, France
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Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 19, 2018
Are burrowing snakes digging their own evolutionary grave?

Why is there variation in the number of species between different groups of animals and plants? Why do some groups seem to be more "evolutionarily successful" with a higher number of species than other? For instance, there are over 10,000 species of birds but just... click to read more

  • Vivek Philip Cyriac | PhD student at IISER-TVM Centre for Research and Education in Ecology and Evolution (ICREEE) and School of Biology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, India
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 26, 2018