Oil palm plantations’ dearth of biodiversity rubs off on nearby forests, study shows

Frogs can survive in oil palm plantations, but at the cost of diversity of species — and the impact can radiate out deep into neighboring forest ecosystems, according to a new study.

“These new findings suggest that in order for small forest patches or narrow corridors to be of long-term conservation value in oil palm landscapes, their sizes and widths need to adequately account for the considerable influence of edge effects,” Benoît Goossens, director of the Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah, who was involved in the study, said in a statement.