Reconciling rubber with biodiversity conservation in the field.

NEW: Reconciling Rubber Expansion with Biodiversity Conservation

A big congratulations to Grantham Scholar Maria Wang. The influential journal Current Biology have published her work on rubber expansion and biodiversity.

Maria Wang looks very happy as she examines plants
Maria Wang whose research is published this week

Impressively, Maria managed to complete her work during lockdown. Talking to us just before publication, Maria had this to say about her work:

“Completing the revisions for this paper became my sole target during the first few months of lockdown…and I’m thankful that I had a clear goal to work towards.

I would also like to thank the Online WriteClub and Grantham Writing Retreats for providing company and motivation to get through the slog of writing. Although it took 1-2 months more than desired, I can finally put my pen down on the first chapter of my thesis.”

Reconciling Rubber Expansion with Biodiversity Conservation: an overview of the paper

Is it feasible to reconcile plantation expansion with biodiversity conservation? By mapping extinction threats, Wang et al. show that, despite finding no ‘‘win-win’’ areas to maximize profit and minimize threats, there were enough areas of compromise to meet 2027 rubber demand and significantly cut biodiversity loss compared with business as usual.

You can read the paper in print in the October 5 issue of Current Biology. Or you can find it online here.


Maria wrote one of the most popular articles on our website about her Masters research. Read: Cempedak, A Funky Tropical Fruit You’ve Probably Never Heard Of


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