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Cambridge Global Food Security

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The expansion of oil palm is a major threat to tropical biodiversity.

However, existing plantations are key to the economy of many countries and, due to their relatively high complexity, have considerable potential for the development of more sustainable production. My PhD research investigates management strategies to benefit spiders within oil palm plantations and the potential of this group to control pest outbreaks and benefit yield. My research therefore seeks to improve the efficiency of oil palm growth through enhancing the ecosystem services of a natural predator.

PhD student
 Michael  Pashkevich
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