Modeling predicts climate change may diminish bamboo stocks in regions of China, threatening the giant panda’s food supply.
Researchers studied three particular species of bamboo in the remote Qinling mountains of China. Only flowering and reproducing every 30 to 35 years, it is difficult for the bamboo to adapt to a changing climate.
The bamboo in the area equates to roughly a quarter of the giant panda’s available habitat. Along with it being the giant panda’s only source of food, the bamboo also provides shelter and nourishment for other wildlife.