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See Southeast Asia through our eyes. Every week we will be sharing a favorite photo of the places our scientists set foot in.

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20 Nov 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Pulses, the edible seeds of legume plants, come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Amongst the types of pulses are dry beans, dry broad beans, dry peas, chickpeas, cow peas, pigeon peas, lentils, Bambara beans, and others... While not common in all of Southeast Asia, they are very popular in Myanmar and its neighboring countries. IPNI's Southeast Asia Program is currently planning new R&D engagements in the near future to better understand the nutritional needs of pulses.

13 Nov 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Snapshot of an oil palm nursery in Sabah, MALAYSIA. The execution of adequate nursery practices is expected to have a profound impact on the performance of the crop once the seedlings are transplanted into the field. Unfortunately, such impacts on production potential of mature palms have seldom been quantified in commercial operations; and systematic, site-specific identification of optimal nursery practices is not easy. Therefore, IPNI Southeast Asia Program, with support from Canpotex Limited, has teamed up with two Asian plantation partners in a long term project to assess different nursery practices and measure their impacts on the performance of mature palms.

06 Nov 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Farmers in Southern Shan State of MYANMAR practice nutrient management through mind-mapping.

30 Oct 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Oil palm fields are replanted every 20 years or so. This photo was taken in Sabah, MALAYSIA. IPNI undertakes long-term research in Malaysia and Indonesia to investigate the cumulative effects of Best Management Practices (BMP) as they are applied to different growth stages of the palm - from nursery, to immature replanting, and then to mature palms.

23 Oct 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Successful cacao planting starts with seeds that are planted to grow rootstock. IPNI currently conducts nursery trials in Sulawesi, INDONESIA, to understand how nutrients contribute to the growth of cacao seedlings.

16 Oct 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Grafted cacao seedlings are nurtured in the nursery until they are ready to be transplanted to the field. IPNI Southeast Asia Program, together with Cocoa Care in Indonesia, is looking into improved nutrient management strategies in the nursery.

09 Oct 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

In Southeast Asia, maize is becoming ever more important as a cash crop for small-holder farmers. When grown in rotation with other market crops such as vegetables, nutrient management has to be adjusted accordingly. IPNI Southeast Asia Program works extensively on maize in the PHILIPPINES.

02 Oct 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Efficient harvesting is critical in oil palm operations. It does not only improve yields, but also the return on investment of fertilizers. IPNI and its partners are identifying options to match and fine-tune fertilizer and harvest management of oil palm plantations in INDONESIA and MALAYSIA.

25 Sep 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Bananas in southern PHILIPPINES. To produce bananas without negative effect on soil fertility, the crop needs large amount of external nutrients. IPNI is planning research on sustainable banana crop nutrition.

18 Sep 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

The humble Cassava has transited from being a food crop to an industrial crop with multiple uses. IPNI’s research on responsible nutrient use in intensification of cassava cultivation supports this transition that potentially increases smallholder farmers’ income. Photo taken in southern PHILIPPINES.

11 Sep 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

The color range in neighboring fields in this aerial image taken in southern PHILIPPINES beautifully illustrates the need for site-specific crop management. IPNI supports such management in annual crops with its Nutrient Expert® program.

04 Sep 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

A farmer community in the southern Shan State of MYANMAR fertilizing and planting potatoes.

28 Aug 2017PHOTO OF THE WEEK

With adequate crop nutrition, large areas of Ultisol soil in southern Shan State of MYANMAR could be turned into highly productive maize growing areas.