Scientists have studied the conversion of savannas into oil palm plantations © Laboratoire ECOS / EPFL

Deforestation-free and carbon-negative alternatives for palm oil

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A team of scientists from EPFL and Switzerland’s WSL research institute has studied the conversion of savannas into oil palm plantations as a deforestation-free way of growing these plantations. What’s more, if improved management practices are adopted at the plantation scale, then the net carbon balance could be enhanced and a great leap could be made towards reducing the environmental impact of palm oil.

Illustration représentant un robot-mouche © Cornelia Gann / EPFL, 2021

Illustration représentant un robot-mouche © Cornelia Gann / EPFL, 2021

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