Science and Technology News

Four new cicada species discovered in Vietnam

Scientists from Australia, the US and Vietnam have described four new cicadas belonging to the Semia genus, the Cicadidae family, the Auchenorrhyncha sub-family, the Hemiptera set (Semia genus has 13 species, including 6 species reported only in Vietnam), named as follows: Semia magna Emery, Lee & Pham, 2017; Emery Semia spiritus, Lee & Pham, 2017; Semia pallida Emery, Lee & Pham, 2017; and Semia albusequi Emery, Lee & Pham, 2017.

Dong Van Stone Plateau Global Geo-park Museum of Nature

On January 24, 2019, at the Ha Giang provincial Department of Science and Technology, the Ha Giang Provincial People's Committee organized a meeting for the acceptance of the provincial project “Research and construction of the Dong Van Stone Plateau Global Geopark Museum of Nature, Ha Giang”, Code: DTKH.HG-04/16, from 2016 - 2018. Attending the meeting were representatives from the project implementation agency, the Vietnam Museum of Nature, including Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Trung Minh, General Director; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vu Van Lien, the head of the project; and the project members. The project was assessed excellent by the council for acceptance and evaluation of project.

Investigation and study of species in genus Curcuma L. in Central Highlands

Curcuma (L.) is one of the genus providing many species used to make medicines. As of 2011, 11 of 19 species of curcuma have had their bodies and roots used for making medicines for different gastrointestinal diseases such as abdominal pain, flatulence, stomach pain, and stomach inflammation and ulcerative. In particular, some species can inhibit cancer cells, such as Curcuma aeruginosa Roxb, C. angustifolia Roxb, C. aromatica Salisb, C. cochinchinensis Gagnep, C. harmandii Gangep, C. kwangsiensis S.G. Lee & C.F. Liang, C. longa L, C. pierreana Gagnep, C. trichosantha Gagnep, C. zanthorrhiza Roxb, C. zedoaria (Berg.) Rosc. Additionally, some curcuma species is also used to treat liver related diseases such as jaundice, liver dysfunction and liver congestion, chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, enlarged liver and spleen.

Discovering new species of squirrel for Vietnamese science

Scientists from the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Vietnam National Museum of Nature, and the Graduate University of Science and Technology under Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), coordinated with scientists from Kyoto and Obihiro Universities (Japan) to document several new species of squirrel for science, publishing their findings in Journal of Mammalogy (Volume 99, Issue 4, 13 August 2018, Pages 813–825). The new species is called Hon Khoai squirrel, with the scientific name Callosciurus honkhoaiensis.

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