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Article in Fertilizer Focus

For the March/April edition of Fertilizer Focus I wrote an article about nutritional imbalance in smallholder oil palm plantations in Indonesia. Please enjoy, and feel free to share. Comments are most welcome.

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Some early results

The poster below summarises some of the early findings from the experimental plots in Sintang and Jambi. Please click on the poster to go to the full-size file.

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PIPOC 2015

From 6 to 8 October 2015, the biannual conference of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, known as PIPOC, took place in Kuala Lumpur. I participated as a poster presenter, in order to show some of my preliminary results to the … Continue reading

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Pest management by smallholders

After a few weeks without a post, it was about time to write a new story from the field. I visited Bah Lias Research Station, part of London Sumatra Bioscience, one of the oldest plantation companies in Sumatra. A lot of … Continue reading

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Smallholders and the RSPO

This week’s post is about independent smallholders and the RSPO. A number of smallholder groups has been certified since 2011. For example, in 2012, a first group of 412 independent smallholders was RSPO certified in Thailand. A group of 349 … Continue reading

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The RSPO

This week’s story is about the RSPO, which is the most important existing sustainability certification body for oil palm. The abbreviation RSPO stands for Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. The RSPO provides sustainability certificates for companies and smallholders which meet … Continue reading

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My experiments

This week, I would like to explain a bit more about the project I’m doing in Indonesia. My project is an applied research project, which hopefully will provide me with sufficient data to write my PhD thesis. I am basically … Continue reading

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Sustainable intensification in oil palm plantations

I’m currently working on a paper about yield gaps in oil palm, and I actually think the topic is very fascinating, which is why I decided to write about it in this blog. A yield gap is basically the difference … Continue reading

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Fresh oil, old oil

This week I’ve been in Sintang, West-Kalimantan. When we were driving on Tuesday through the fields in the smallholder area where I work, I noticed large piles of oil palm fruit bunches lying next to the road (see picture above). … Continue reading

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