Science and Technology News

Thismia okhaensis (Thismiaceae) – a new fairy lantern from Vietnam

A new heterotrophic plant species was discovered in July, 2013 by a group of scientists from the Southern Institute of Ecology and colleagues during the course of the project on scientific cooperation between the Southern Institute of Ecology and the Agency of Environment, Khanh Hoa Provincial Department of Natural Resource and Environment. The new species looks like a small fairy lantern and is named Thismia okhaensis.

Discovery of two new Camellia species – Camellia longii and Camellia curryana (Theaceae) from Vietnam

Two new plant species including Camellia curryana and Camellia longii were discovered from Lam Dong province, Vietnam by scientists from Royal Botanic Gardens - Australia and Centre for Biodiversity and Development – Southern Institute of Ecology under Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. The description of the two new species was recently published in Nordic Journal of Botany (No. 32:42-50), in February, 2014.

Study on biology, distribution and habitat of kissing bugs in provinces and cities in Vietnam

Kissing bugs under Triatoma genus were recognized in Vietnam in the past. However, now they tend to live in many localities nationwide and have moved closer to humans, especially in inhabited areas of several major cities such as Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Kissing bugs affect local people’s daily lives, causing health worries when they spread into houses, attack and suck the blood of humans, leaving a swelling or even fever. A few studies have now been done on kissing bugs with scientific data, especially studies about their distribution, biology, epidemiology and relation with humans and domestic animals in Vietnam.

Implanting high-yield cow’s embryo in the Central Highlands – a new prospect trend

The Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has favourable conditions for the development of dairy cow breeding.

With the objective to build up the Holstein Friesian (HF) cow breed with high productivity and quality, scientists from the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) Institute for Scientific Research under Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) carried out a project studying and applying the technology of implanting high-yield cow’s embryo in the Central Highlands in the framework of the Central Highlands 3 Programme led by Dr. Le Thi Chau. 

2013, successful year for VNREDSat-1 Project

VNREDSat-1 (Vietnam’s first Natural Resources, Environment and Disaster monitoring satellite) was launched into orbit from the space centre in Kourou, French Guiana, on May 7th, 2013. After entering stable orbit at the height of 680 kilometers, VNREDSat-1 has regularly captured and transmitted high quality images to the ground station in Vietnam, meeting the demand for remote sensing images of Vietnam. On September 4th 2013, the French partners handed over control of VNREDSat-1 to Vietnam for official operation and exploitation.

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