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.

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.

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