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article imageGiant Pandas are strong at adapting to environment change

By Tim Sandle     Oct 23, 2013 in Environment
Giant pandas are better at adapting to environmental stress than scientists had previously thought, and the Giant Panda is one of the toughest animals in dealing with changing conditions.
The robust ability of the giant panda in fighting of the effects of environmental change have been shown in a study by conducted by Sheng-Guo Fang of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.
Dr. Fang looked at genes that evolve in response to environmental pressures in the animal’s immune system and found that the markers had greater genetic diversity compared to similar genes in other endangered species.
According to Science World, Dr. Fang was concerned with how the genetic variation can be maintained within the endangered population of the giant panda in China. To proceed with their finding, they gathered genetic data from 218 wild pandas from all six isolated regions from blood, skin or fecal material samples.
The findings could help scientists select the giant panda populations that would lead to the most successful captive breeding programs. The findings could also help conservationists maintain genetic diversity of giant pandas in the wild.
The giant panda is a bear native to south central China, recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. The panda's diet is 99% bamboo. So few numbers, the giant panda is what is known as a conservation reliant endangered species.
The results of the study have been published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.
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