Nutritional stoichiometry of giant pandas

In a collaboration with the world's leading panda ecologist, Dr. Fuwen Wei (Inst. of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences) and nutritional ecologist, Dr. David Raubenheimer (Massey University, New Zealand), we are engaged in a study to characterize the mineral (C,N,P, Ca, Na, Fe) and biochemical (protein, carbohydrate) composition of the diets of giant pandas in the Foping Mountains, China. We hope eventually to use experimental manipulations to test for behavioral responses of pandas to manipulations of bamboo nutritional composition.



Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Zoology