Science and Technology News

Phenomenon "strange leaf-eating worm" in HCMC caused by Antheraea frithi moth

Over the past few years, in Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), the strange phenomenon of leaf-eating worm has appeared, causing concern for people living in the area. To study this pest, the Southern Institute of Ecology sent its staff to collect worm samples in the area of My Phuoc - Tan Van and Pham Van Dong street to breed and conduct species identification. Initial results show that this is Antheraea, known as Tasar silkmoth (or Tasar silkworm), belonging to Saturniidae family, Lepidoptera.

VAST leads for 5 consecutive years in the number of international publications in Vietnam ranked by the Nature Index

Nature Index has just published the results of ranking the number of international publications by higher education institutions, research organizations, countries and regions. Accordingly, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) continues to hold first place in the number of international publications across the country during the period July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020, marking 5 consecutive years leading the ranking list since 2016.

New genus and species of Leptopsaltriini (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Cicadinae) from China and Vietnam

The taxonomists from Northwest A&F University, China, Vietnam National Museum of Nature, Vietnam, The Kyushu University Museum, Japan are described one new genus (Versicolora) and two new species (Versicolora ziyongi and Versicolora bellula) of the cicada tribe Leptopsaltriini, subfamily Cicadinae, family Cicadidae, suborder Auchenorrhyncha, order Hemiptera. This new genus appears closely allied to Tanna Distant of Leptopsaltriini, but differs in having a bifurcated (apex of) uncus and a short but distinct dorsal beak of pygofer.

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