Vietnamese researchers work hard to conserve cajuput genes

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Vietnam and Indonesia boast some of the world’s largest cajuput forests

By Tuoi Tre News

October 1, 2017, 10:33 GMT+7

Vietnamese researchers work hard to conserve cajuput genes
Bui Dac Thang, director of the Dong Thap Muoi Herbal Medicine Research, Conservation and Development Center, poses with a ‘bach dan chanh’ (Corymbia citriodora, commonly known as lemon-scented gum), which is rich in oil essences. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese researchers have spent years dedicating themselves to conserving the shrinking cajuput gene pool in the Mekong Delta province of Long An as a means of boosting economic and tourism growth.

Two Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper journalists recently paid a visit to the Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) Herbal Medicine Research, Conservation and Development Center, approximately 50km from Tan An Town.

The center’s ‘father,’ Pharmacist Nguyen Van Be, passed away in September 2016, leaving behind an unfinished effort to build it into an eco-tourism site and herbal medicine conservation hub.

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