A group of scientists from Institute of Tropical Biology under Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Mr. Pham Hong Thai from Education Department of Cam Le District, Da Nang, Vietnam and Prof. L.Lee Grismer from La Sierra University, Prof. P.L. Wood Jr from Brigham Young University, USA has discovered a new lizard species named Hemiphyllodactylus banaensis sp. nov. Ngô, Grismer, Phạm & Wood Jr. 2014 from Ba Na – Nui Chua Nature Reserve in Da Nang province. The discovery was published in Zootaxa (No.3760) on February 2nd 2014.
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A group of scientists from Vietnam National Museum of Nature under Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi pharmaceutical University and Dresden Plant Institute – Germany, has discovered a new plant species named Aristolochia quangbinhensis Do. This species belongs to the Aristolochia subgenus Isotrema (Aristolochiaceae) branch. The discovery was published on Phytokeys 33(2014).
Omega-3 is an important fatty acid for the human body. It contributes significantly to the prevention of heart disease, reducing triglyceride level in blood, lowering cholesterol, prevention of cancer and diabetes, improvement of memory and reducing the risk of Alzheimers. Omega-3 is essential for the development of brain and sight of the foetus.
December 19th 2013 marks a full month since the PicoDragon micro satellite was launched into its orbit and successfully transmitting signals to earth. Together with ground stations under the Vietnam National Satellite Centre of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, ground stations under many Japanese universities and amateur radios in the world still continuously receive the signals of PicoDragon.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) is a precious medical plant which is highly appreciated among the many Vietnamese traditional medical plants. For centuries, Vietnamese people have used turmeric as a traditional condiment, creating yellow colour and special flavour for the dish. Turmeric is also a precious folklore medicine with many uses such as clearing scars, treating stomachache, detoxifying liver, and helping women after giving birth to involute their womb, recover shape and beautify skin.
A new species of lizard was recently described by scientists from Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources - VAST, Hanoi Nationnal University - Vietnam and Cologne, Germany based on morphological comparisons and molecular phylogenetic analyses. The description of the new species was published in Zootaxa in November, 2013 (No. 3736). The new species, Hemiphyllodactylus zugi Nguyen, Lehmann, Le, Duong, Bonkowski & Ziegler, 2013, was named after Prof. George Zug from the Smithsonian Institution, USA, in recognition of his contribution to herpetological research in Southeast Asia.
- Discovery of a new reptile species from Kon Tum Plateau, Vietnam
- Arisaemaclaviforme / Martius (Araceae family) – a new species for science recognized at Hon Ba reserve, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam
- Additional acknowledgement on new distribution of Vietnam’s endemic ginger at Hon Ba Nature Reserve in Khanh Hoa province
- Delimiting spawning areas of reef fishes in Vietnam’s marine reserves
- Leonid crocus (Curcuma leonidii) – a new species discovered in Bu Gia Map National Park in Binh Phuoc province