Science and Technology News

Seven new species of beetle in northern Vietnam announced

In the framework of the cooperation research on insect diversity between the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources under VAST and the Smithsonian Institute, Museum of Natural History, Washington, US, scientists have announced seven new species of beetle in northern Vietnam.

Reduce cholesterol, regulate blood fat and stabilize blood vessel wall

An Mạch Vương is a health food, using the main ingredient of soybean phytosterol, a blood cholesterol reducing ingredient. The product, which first appeared in Vietnam, is a combination of steroid & alkaloid chemistry produced by the Institute of Chemistry under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) with the support of the Russian Federation Academy of Science and Technology in 2003 and more recently by the Hoa Binh Pharmaceutical and Medical Supply JSC thanks to a VAST-level pilot production project, code VAST.SXTN.07/13-14. The product was granted a certificate of Safe Functional Food No 4417/2014/ATTP-XNCB dated March 28th 2014, by the Department of Food Hygiene and Safety under the Ministry of Health.

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.

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