Washington, March 27 ANI | 4 months ago

A new study has revealed that giant pandas have a sweet tooth.


The research done by Monell Center revealed that giant panda both possesses functional sweet taste receptors and also shows a strong preference for some natural sweeteners, including fructose and sucrose.

Danielle Reed, PhD, a behavioral geneticist at Monell, said that examining an animal's taste DNA can give them clues to their past diet, knowledge that is particularly important for endangered animals in captivity and can provide information on approaches to keep such animals healthy.

The study was published in journal PLOS ONE.

(Posted on 27-03-2014)