Soil life thrives between oil palm fronds

The threat to insects and soil-life from rainforest clearance is recognised. What has not been studied is whether oil palm plantations are able to sustain the populations of tiny below-ground animals that work to keep the soil healthy. In a new study led by the University of Göttingen, scientists discovered high levels of biological activity in regions above ground level that may serve as oases for soil organisms. This was published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.