Science and Technology News

Study of the DNA for relationship of Anacardiaceae and Burseraceae families in Vietnam

In April and May of 2010, two botanists from VAST/IEBR (Drs. Le Dong Tan, Nguyen The Cuong) and three from the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) (Douglas Daly, John Mitchell, Susan Pell) conducted a joint expedition that traveled ca. 6,000 km through nine provinces in search of trees belonging to two closely related plant families, the Anacardiaceae and Burseraceae.  Quite a number of important economic species are part of the Anacardiaceae, including the mango, cashew, and pistachio.

Several outstanding studies in agriculture by the Institute of Applied Materials Science

The Institute of Applied Materials Science was established according to Decision No 2684/QĐ-KHCNVN dated December 26th 2005 by President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. The institute has functions to conduct basic research in material science and technology; develop and transfer new materials and technologies for industrial applications; participate in consulting with the government agencies on development strategies of materials science and technology; establish and promote cooperation relations with international/national organization in the field of materials science and technology.

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.

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