Science and Technology News

Two VAST scientific journals listed in 2017 ASEAN Citation Index

In December, 2017, the scientific database of the ASEAN Citation Index (ACI) accepted three Vietnamese scientific journals as meeting the ACI standard, including two journals published by the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), including Vietnam Journal of Science and Technology, and Vietnam Journal of Earth Sciences.

Research and anti-cancer effects of new indole alkaloid derivatives

Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled development and the spread of abnormal cells. An estimated 14 million new cases of cancer are reported each year worldwide. In 2017, about 600,920 American people die from cancer, with nearly 1,650 deaths each day. Some typical natural compounds, such as alkaloid indole, show significant anti-cancer activity. Periwinkle alkaloid, a family of indole dimer compounds isolated from the periwinkle of Catharanthus roseus, the Apocynaceae family, represents one of the most important anti-cancer layers.

Study on effect of extraction and bioactive experiment on La Vang Jasminum subtriplinerve Blume, Cam Lo District, Quang Tri Province

Jasminum subtriplinerve Blume is a rather familiar species of plant in our country, especially in central provinces. It is widely used to treat skin ulcers, menstruation disorder, milk gland inflammation and anemia; increase liver function; release poison; stabilize blood pressure; stimulate digestion; provide good sleep, and prevent antioxidant. Harvested Jasminum subtriplinerve Blume is dried or cooked to become cataplasm.

New plant species belonging to Rubiaceae Family discovered in Hon Ba, Khanh Hoa

As part of a cooperative research program between the Institute of Tropical Biology under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and the Asian Conservation Ecology Centre of Kyushu University in Japan, scientists have discovered and depicted a new plant species belonging to the Rubiaceae Family in the Hon Ba Nature Reserve, Khanh Hoa Province, which was named Tarenna Aurantiaca. This is the sixth new species after Lasianthus honbaensis, Lasianthus yaharae, Eustigma honbaense, Aporosa tetragona, Goniothalamus flagellistylus, which were found in the Hon Ba Nature Reserve in this cooperative program.

New species of Aristolochiaceae discovered

In study of the diversity of Aristolochia species in Vietnam, scientists from the Vietnam Museum of Nature in collaboration with the Institute of Genome Research and the Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park, Lam Dong Province, discovered a new species of plant in Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park, Lam Dong Province. The species’ name is Neinhuis (Aristolochia neinhuisii Do), the Aristolochiaceae family. It is named after Prof. Christopher Neinhuis, in order to honour his great contribution to the research and conservation of aristolochia in the world.

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