The cover illustrates the 150-year-old roots of Panax vietnamensis (local name as Ngoc Linh Ginseng). Ngoc Linh Ginseng (Panax vietnamensis Ha et Grushv.) belongs to the Araliaceae family, and is a unique and valuable herb found on Ngoc Linh Mountain. Natural Ngoc Linh Ginseng only grows at altitudes above 1,500 meters, mainly concentrating in the Ngoc Linh Mountain area of the districts: Dak To (Kon Tum Province) and Tra My (Quang Nam Province). Ngoc Linh Ginseng has many biological uses including nutritious, tonic, antioxidant, anti-aging, and hepatoprotective effects.

Please see the article "Effects of elicitors on the growth and active compounds of Panax vietnamensis cells in the bioreactor" in pages 53-55 of this issue for more details.

Published: 2017-06-21

Sustainable rice cultivation in the deep flooded zones of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta

Alexander Chapman, Stephen Darby, Emma Tompkins, Christopher Hackney, Julian Leyland, Pham Dang Tri Van, Thanh Vu Pham, Daniel Parsons, Rolf Aalto, Andrew Nicholas

34-38

Evaluation of saline tolerance at the seedling stage of various maize cross combinations

Huu Hung Nguyen, Van Vang Luong, Thi Minh Tam Ngo, Hoai Son Vu, Xuan Thang Nguyen

39-42

Evaluating the initial result of transanal and transvaginal NOTES for colorectal cancer

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48-52

Review on molecular markers for identification of Orchids

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62-75

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