Humans and Other Pollinators in the Oil Palm Plantation Complex
The first oil palm plantations relied on human interventions for the sexual reproduction that made the palm oil industry possible. Scientists discarded evidence about insect pollinators, only to rediscover them later in the twentieth century. The “million dollar weevil” transformed oil palm cultivation in Southeast Asia, but new problems with disease and hybrid trees cast shadows over its future.
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