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panda;giant panda;bamboo;gene;TAS1R1 geneChinese Scientists Reveal Why Giant Pandas and Red Pandas Evolve to Eat Bamboo

biodiversity;Southeast Asia;rubber;palm;rainforestNew Study Analyzes Biggest Threats to Southeast Asian Biodiversity

C2c2;CRISPR;CRISPR-Cas system;CRISPR-associated genesIBP Scientists Determine Structure of C2c2, Effector of Type VI CRISPR-Cas System

Chinese Scientists Reveal Why Giant Pandas and Red Pandas Evolve to Eat Bamboo

Chinese researchers said Monday they have uncovered the genetic basis of why giant pandas and red pandas have evolved independently to have shared features such as a bamboo-based diet and false thumb. To uncover the genetic basis of such convergence, Fuwen Wei and colleagues from the Institute of Zoology, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, sequenced the genome of a wild male red panda and compared it with the reassembled genome of the giant panda.

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  • black carbon;char;soot;Linsley Pond

    Jan 16, 2017

    Smoldering Shifts to Flame as Climate Forces Forest Change

    Biomass burning is a major global influence, affecting biogeochemical cycles, atmospheric chemistry and the carbon cycle. Emissions from biomass burning can change the composition of the atmosphere, which in turn can affect climate, both regionally and globally. Modern fire studies have shown that the types of emissions produced by the fires, including organic (OC) and black carbon (BC) vary with the type of combustion.

  • gaseous elemental mercury;mercury;plant uptake;Mt. Changbai;forest

    Jan 16, 2017

    Solving the Mystery of Depletion of Atmospheric Gaseous Elemental M...

    A research team led by Prof. FENG Xinbin at the State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry of the Institute of Geochemistry uncovered the mystery of depletion of atmospheric gaseous elemental mercury (GEM) by plant uptake in a temperate mixed forest at Mt. Changbai, Northeast China.

  • marine alginate;nanomaterial;Polysaccharides;exfoliation

    Jan 12, 2017

    Smart Photo-driven Devices by Coupling Nanomaterials with Marine Al...

    Recently, the Biomimetic Smart Material Group, led by Professor LI Chaoxu from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, developed an approach for scalable production of exfoliated WS2 with unprecedented efficiency and further construction of biomimetic soft devices.

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New Primate Species Discovered in Southwest C...

A new gibbon species has been discovered in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

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Xi Presents China's Top Science Award to Two ...

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) presents award certificates to physicist Zhao Zhongxian (R) and pharmacologist Tu Youyou, who won China's top science award, at an annual ceremony held to honor distinguished scientists and research achievements in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 9, 2017.

Towards a Global Centre of Excellence for Min...

Open-pit mining transforms productive landscapes into ruined wastelands with disastrous consequences for biodiversity, climate, water and soil resources and the livelihoods and health of local people. Yet this is a solvable problem.

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