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Evidence of cellulose metabolism by the giant panda gut microbiome
The presence of putative cellulose-digesting microbes, in combination with adaptations related to feeding, physiology, and morphology, show that giant pandas have evolved a number of traits to overcome the anatomical and physiological challenge of digesting a diet high in fibrous matter.
Whole-genome sequencing of giant pandas provides insights into demographic history and local adaptation
Evidence indicated that, whereas global changes in climate were the primary drivers of population fluctuation for millions of years, human activities likely underlie recent population divergence and serious decline in pandas.
Genetic viability and population history of the giant panda, putting an end to the "evolutionary dead end"?
Surprisingly, extant populations of the giant panda display average to high levels of CR and microsatellite diversity compared with other bear species, suggesting that the panda is not a species at an evolutionary "dead end," but in common with other large carnivores, has suffered demographically at the hands of human pressure.
Progress in the ecology and conservation of giant pandas.
The major advancements in ecological science for the giant panda are reviewed, examining how these advancements have contributed to panda conservation and form a foundation for increasing the application of adaptive management approaches.
Black and white and read all over: the past, present and future of giant panda genetics
The history of genetic advances in this species is reviewed to reveal to what extent the current status of the giant panda is a reflection of its evolutionary legacy, as opposed to the influence of anthropogenic factors that have negatively impacted this species.
Significant genetic boundaries and spatial dynamics of giant pandas occupying fragmented habitat across southwest China
This study studied two highly fragmented and isolated populations of giant pandas at the extreme southwestern edge of their distribution, and identified two possible first‐generation migrants and their migration paths, and recommended the immediate construction of a number of corridors.
Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources Database 1 May 2009–31 July 2009
This article documents the addition of 512 microsatellite marker loci and nine pairs of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) sequencing primers to the Molecular Ecology Resources Database. Loci were
Conservation implications of drastic reductions in the smallest and most isolated populations of giant pandas.
  • Lifeng Zhu, X. Zhan, +4 authors F. Wei
  • Biology, Medicine
    Conservation biology : the journal of the Society…
  • 1 October 2010
It is predicted that demographic, genetic, and environmental factors will lead to extinction of giant pandas in the Xiaoxiangling Mountains in the future if the population remains isolated, and a targeted conservation action--translocation--has been proposed and is being implemented by the Chinese government.
Landscape features influence gene flow as measured by cost-distance and genetic analyses: a case study for giant pandas in the Daxiangling and Xiaoxiangling Mountains
Landscape features were found to partially influence gene flow in the giant panda population, and Landscape-based genetic analysis suggests that gene flow will be enhanced if the connectivity between currently fragmented bamboo forests is increased.
Diet Evolution and Habitat Contraction of Giant Pandas via Stable Isotope Analysis
  • Han Han, Wei Wei, +9 authors F. Wei
  • Biology, Medicine
    Current Biology
  • 18 February 2019
It is shown that pandas have had a diet dominated by C3 resources over time and space and that trophic niches of ancient and modern pandas are distinctly different, which provides insight into the dietary evolution and habitat contraction of pandas.