IPNI Southeast Asia's International Publication Partnership on Oil Palm Nutrition

Our understanding of the importance of nutrients for sustainable oil palm production is incomplete. Extensive experimental work has been dedicated to understand yield response of oil palm to nutrients applied. Results of such empirical studies have been used to develop models for fertilizer recommendations, and to estimate yields with and without nutrient inputs. Only few of these studies report on nutrient uptake and efficiency. Specific research on nutrient uptake and nutrient use efficiency has been limited to a few studies in the 1960s in Nigeria and Malaysia, and more recently in the 2000s in Malaysia and Indonesia. Acknowledging this issue, IPNI Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) implemented during 2006 and 2016 various large research projects on 4R Nutrient Stewardship in commercial oil palm plantation systems. These projects generated a significant amount of valuable information for improved nutrient management. IPNI and K+S Kali GmbH, an IPNI member company, pooled resources and now partner with the Institute of Applied Plant Nutrition and the Insitute for Crop Production Systems in the Tropics, both of Göttingen’s Georg August University in Germany, to analyze, publish and widely disseminate the data accumulated in these projects.

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SUMMARY IPNI SEAP implemented during 2011 and 2015 a research project on improved nutrition management in oil palm plantation systems in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, with support from K+S Kali GmbH. The project generated a significant amount of valuable information for improved nutrient management. While initial analyses and publication of findings took place, the accumulated information is sufficient for the development of several additional high quality publications. Read more


Year of initiation:2016
Year of completion:2018

Interpretive Summary

2017

Through publishing a field manual on 4R oil palm nutrition and scientific journal papers, this project aims to promote adequate and wide-scale use of responsible nutrient management, based on IPNI’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship concept (right source, right rate, right time, and right place), for high yield and profit, and environmental sustainability in the oil palm sector of Southeast Asia.

2016

Through publishing a field manual on 4R oil palm nutrition and scientific journal papers, this project (2016 to 2017) aims to promote adequate and wide scale use of responsible nutrient management based on IPNI’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship Concept, for high yield and profit and environmental sustainability in the oil palm sector of Southeast Asia. The publications aim to highlight the importance of scientific research and technological development on the sustainable intensification of oil palm.


Updates & Reports

2016

Project Description


BMP Mature Project

Project Leader

Thomas Oberthur, International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)


Project Cooperators

Prof. Dr. Klaus Dittert, Goettingen University
Dr. Munir Hoffmann, Goettingen University
Prof. Dr. Reimund Roetter, Goettingen University
Dr. Hsiao Hang Tao, Goettingen University / IPNI
Dr. Heike Thiel, K+S Kali GmbH


IPNI Staff

T. Oberthür


Location

Asia \ South-Eastern Asia \ IDN


Topics

4r place, 4r rate, 4r source, 4r time, balanced nutrition, nutrient use efficiency, yield components, yield potential

oil palm

Boron (B), Magnesium (Mg), Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K)