(CPV) - Vietnamese and Japanese researchers have been successfully completing an international project "For the Development of crop genotypes for the midlands and mountain areas of North Vietnam". They developed new rice variety with scientific guarantees of high yielding, short growth duration, disease and insect resistance by introducing useful genes and the most advanced molecular biological technology. The five-year project (from December 2010 to November 2015) is financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has been implemented by Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA), Kyushu University and Nagoya University of Japan. "The plant breeding in Vietnam had repeated rat races for many years due to the lack of scientific proofs of improved performance. With the new technology transferred by Japan, we can make long selling product with authentic proofs of science and guarantee stable production and profit for producers," said Dr. Pham Van Cuong, Vice … [Read more...] about Japanese science and technology marks drastic change in Vietnamese plant breeding
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In a side column to the article entitled In Vietnam, genetically modified organisms find fertile ground to grow, Dr. Vandana Shiva, the Indian scientist and renowned activist on food security and food sovereignty, was quoted as follows: "When corporations claim patents [on seeds], they basically 'pirate' traits that nature and farmers have evolved. This is not innovation, it is bio-piracy." Bio-piracy On February 3, 2014, 34 farmers', breeders', environmental and development organizations from 27 European countries filed an opposition to a patent from Syngenta, the Swiss agrochemical corporation, which notably is one of the three foreign companies designated to plant their Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) corn varieties in Vietnam. Why this broad opposition to a particular patent? On May 8, 2013, the European Patent Organization (EPO) had granted a patent (EP 2140023B1) to Syngenta for insect resistant pepper (capsicum) plants. In fact, as it is stated in the press release of the … [Read more...] about Bio-piracy, defamation and the irony of history
The University of Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City January 9 organized the 23rd Youth Technology and the 31st Science and Technology conferences.As many as students and lecturers participated in the conferences reporting 351 projects in the fields of internal medicine, anatomy, nerves, and gerontology. Professor Le Van Cuong, head of the university's Science Department, students and lecturers have carried out more than 300 scientific projects at grassroots level and 12 others at municipal level. Moreover, the university has been assigned to conduct 4 additional projects. Total spending for scientific projects and science-related activities is around VND13 billion (US$616,700).In the future, the school will strengthen science-related researches and invest more in advanced technologies such as molecular biology and laparoscopic surgery. … [Read more...] about University of Medicine to enhance science-related researches
"Using every objective measurement, it seems that Vietnam's science and technology is a failure…," according to a report by the famous HarvardUniversity. Dr. Pham Duc Chinh at the Mechanics Institute analyses the weakness of science in Vietnam. In the world, the capability of scientists and nations is evaluated firstly by the number of articles published in international scientific magazines and the number of patents granted by prestigious international agencies. The US-based Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) made statistics from nearly 10,000 outstanding scientific magazines selected from over 100,000 magazines worldwide. According to ISI, in 11 years, from January 1997 to December 2007, Vietnamese scientists in 17 fields (clinical health, physics, zoology and botany, technology, biology and biochemistry, chemistry, agriculture, microorganism sciences, the environment, material sciences, immunization studies, pharmacy, molecular biology and genetics, neurology, … [Read more...] about Why is science in Vietnam underdeveloped?
By Tuong Vi - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The Vietnam National University of HCMC (VNU-HCM) has announced it will join forces with an American educational institution to set up a molecular and nano architectures center next year. The local university and University of California, Los Angeles expect to launch the MANAR-VN Center in March where research on sciences, and molecular and nano architectures will be conducted, said Hoang Dung, director of the Science and Technology Department at VNU-HCM. Speaking to the Daily on Monday on the sidelines of a meeting between Omar M. Yaghi, director of MANAR-USA, and students of the University of Natural Sciences in HCMC, Dung said the center would also research metal organic framework and evolving organic structures. MANAR-VN will provide postgraduate courses following international standards, and cooperate with local and foreign firms in research and technology transfers in areas such as energy, environmental protection, and biomedicine. … [Read more...] about University plans molecular and nano architectures center