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Understanding nutrient landscapes for giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains, China: the relationships between bamboo mineral content and giant panda habitat selection during migration

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dc.contributor.author Huang, Q. en
dc.contributor.author Liu, X. en
dc.contributor.author Li, Y. en
dc.contributor.author Kraus, J. en
dc.contributor.author Songer, Melissa A. en
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-02T10:01:07Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-02T10:01:07Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Huang, Q., Liu, X., Li, Y., Kraus, J., and Songer, Melissa A. 2018. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/35139">Understanding nutrient landscapes for giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains, China: the relationships between bamboo mineral content and giant panda habitat selection during migration</a>." <em>Animal Biodiversity and Conservation</em>. 41 (2):195&ndash;208. <a href="https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2018.41.0195">https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2018.41.0195</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 1578-665X
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10088/35139
dc.description.abstract Understanding nutrient landscapes for giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains, China: the relationships between bamboo mineral content and giant panda habitat selection during migration. Bamboo comprises over 99 % of the diet of giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Giant pandas face a complex nutrient landscape. They eat more than one species of bamboo and various parts of the plant, and they move seasonally to find optimal forage. Though the seasonal habitat preferences of giant pandas have long been known, the spatial and temporal nutrient gradient of bamboo between seasonal habitats remains unclear. Few studies detail the nutrient content of bamboo in relation to the seasonal habitat selection of giant pandas in the wild. In this study, we collected bamboo samples from 57 plots considering four factors (seasons, elevations, species, and plant parts). We evaluated the effect of these factors on the contents of seven bamboo mineral elements (Cu, Zn, Fe, Mn, K, Ca, and Mg) and used a non- parametric ensemble tree model to model giant pandas&#39; presence and absence based on bamboo mineral content. Our results showed strong correlations between pairs of mineral contents (up to r = 0.69) with specific mineral elements such as Mn, consistently showing great importance in the models for differentiating the habitat selection. We also observed significant variation in mineral concentrations between seasons, bamboo species, and plant parts. Our results suggest that the studied bamboo mineral content strongly associates giant pandas&#39; habitat preferences. Our research may be useful for the development of conservation and reserve management strategies by providing guidelines to increase giant pandas&#39; opportunities to obtain sufficient nutrient within the Qinling region. en
dc.relation.ispartof Animal Biodiversity and Conservation en
dc.title Understanding nutrient landscapes for giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains, China: the relationships between bamboo mineral content and giant panda habitat selection during migration en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 145522
dc.identifier.doi 10.32800/abc.2018.41.0195
rft.jtitle Animal Biodiversity and Conservation
rft.volume 41
rft.issue 2
rft.spage 195
rft.epage 208
dc.description.SIUnit NZP en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 195
dc.citation.epage 208


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