Thousands of plant and animal genes preserved in Vietnam

HA NOI (VNS)– Viet Nam has preserved more than 14,000 genetic samples of 200 different plant species, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology.The conserved plants include different varieties such as rice, fruit, medicinal plants and industrial trees. By applying different methods, the scientists have saved 42 forest trees and trees used for paper production along with 26 medicinal herbs from extinction.

Scientists from the ministry have selected 30 rice genetic resources, five vegetables, three taro and two flower varieties carrying typical local features.

So far the genetic resources of nearly 100 animal species have been preserved including 25 pigs, 24 cows, 40 chickens and three buffaloes, of which 70 were on the verge of extinction. – VNS

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