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Breeding for sustainable palm oil

Durand-Gasselin T., De Franqueville H., Amblard P., Breton F., Jacquemard J.C., Syaputra I., Cochard B., Louise C., Nouy B.. 2011. In : ISOPB. International Seminar on Breeding for Sustainability in Oil Palm, 18th November 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. s.l. : s.n., 16 p.. International Seminar on Breeding for Sustainability in Oil Palm, 2011-11-18, Kuala Lumpur (Malaisie).

As an actor of a supply chain, seed producers must take into account the impact of their work on sustainability. This is particularly true when one works on oil palm, a highly sensitive crop which is questioned on its social and environmental impact. Breeders act directly on yield, thus increasing profitability, while for the same production decreasing land-use pressure. In addition, breeders act on duration of the plantations - which is critical for a perennial crop - making strategic choices by selecting for durable lasting resistances to diseases. They can seek rustic selections, which help the work of small holders and enable them to a better social insertion in the supply chain. In the long trend, the promotion of sustainable palm oil is an excellent opportunity for palm oil seed distributors.

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