Navigation Links
Old-growth forests are what giant pandas need
Date:1/11/2011

The results of a study recently published in the journal Biology Letters indicate that giant pandas need old-growth forests as much as bamboo forests. This work, which was completed through the collaborative efforts of scientists from the Chinese Academy of Science, San Diego Zoo Global, China West Normal University, China Wildlife Conservation Association and the Sichuan Forestry Department, could assist conservationists in creating strategic plans that help conserve this critically endangered bear species.

"In this study we show that pandas are associated with old-growth forests more than with any ecological variable other than bamboo," said, Ron Swaisgood, Ph.D., one of the authors of the work and a panda researcher with the San Diego Zoo. "This finding indicates that in order to conserve this species, we need to conserve both bamboo and old-growth forests."

The study, which was conducted from 1999 through 2003, includes data collected from the panda's range in the Sichuan province of China. A key element to the success of this endeavor was the scale of the study, which contributed important information.

"But maps and measures of habitat suitability are only as good as the underlying biological assumptions, which are sometimes influenced by the scale over which data are obtained, " states the study. "Modellers of panda habitat have not ignored the available ecological databut have been forced to rely on data collected over limited temporal and spatial scales."

Giant pandas are unique among bear species for their reliance on an almost completely herbivorous diet that consists largely of bamboo. This dependence on a bamboo diet has indicated the importance of conserving bamboo forests in order to conserve giant pandas. Information about the panda's additional dependence on old-growth forests is expected to affect conservation efforts for this species in the future.


'/>"/>

Contact: Christina Simmons
csimmons@sandiegozoo.org
619-685-3291
Zoological Society of San Diego
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Drought and rising temperatures weaken southwest forests
2. Team of scientists predicts continued death of forests in southwestern US due to climate change
3. Early settlers rapidly transformed New Zealand forests with fire
4. US Forest Service and 2 universities team up to develop new ecosystems for Hawaiian forests
5. Root of the matter: A new map shows life-saving forests scarcity defies past estimates
6. Pristine rainforests are biogeochemical reactors
7. Tropical forests slashed for farmland
8. Fuel treatments reduce wildfire severity, tree mortality in Washington forests
9. Slowing urban sprawl, adding forests curb floods and help rivers
10. New satellite data reveals true decline of worlds mangrove forests
11. Global tropical forests threatened by 2100
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/15/2016)... Germany , December 15, 2016 ... announced an agreement with NuData Security, an award-winning ... partnership will enable clients to focus on good customer experience, ... protection regulation. ... In order to provide a one-stop fraud prevention suite, ...
(Date:12/15/2016)... , Dec. 15, 2016  There is much more ... or starting the engine. Continental will demonstrate the intelligence ... Las Vegas . Through the combination of the ... Entry) and biometric elements, the international technology company is ... personalization and authentication. "The integration of biometric ...
(Date:12/8/2016)...  Singulex, Inc., the leader in Next Generation Immunodiagnostics ... license and supply agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific, the ... access to Thermo Scientific BRAHMS PCT (Procalcitonin), a biomarker ... to diagnose systemic bacterial infection and sepsis and in ... in assessing the risk of critically ill patients for ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... PLAINVIEW, N.Y. , Jan. 18, 2017 ... pathology services, announces the formation of an Executive Committee ... 2017 and beyond. John Cucci , ... been promoted from Director of Business Development to ... in 2015, Mr. Cucci served in senior sales leadership ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... , Jan. 18, 2017 Applied ... mechanistic modeling to drug research and development, today ... Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Applied BioMath, will ... Informatics and Modeling (BAGIM) Meeting on Thursday January ... Cambridge , MA.   Dr. Burke,s talk ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... , ... January 18, 2017 , ... ... federally funded bio-focused Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MII). U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker ... Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), and the Department of Defense has announced the award of a ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... 18, 2017 , ... uBiome, the leading microbial genomics company, ... Editor, Dr. Elisabeth Bik, in the December 2016 issue of the Dutch Journal ... October 2016 from her previous position at Stanford University School of Medicine and ...
Breaking Biology Technology: