Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology - Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources

The Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR) – Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) was founded by the decision of the Council of Ministers (HDBT 65/CT) on 5th March 1990. Its function consists of studying biological resources and typical ecosystems in order to supply the needs of the population in foodstuffs, food grains, consumer goods, to recommend planning activities for socio-economic development and environmental protection and to carry out the education and training of scientists on ecology and biological resources. IEBR-VAST ranks first on the research of ecology and biogical resources in Vietnam. The Institute takes responsibilities toward the Government in the implementation of the ecology and biological resources research activities which are oriented to the strategic targets of the country's socio-economic development.

Main Tasks

  • WorkpackageLeader for WP1 (Isolation of Photorhabdus/Xenorhabdus)
  • Participating in WP2-WP6

Infrastrucure and Research Interest

Infrastructure - The Institute is located in a 9 floors building. The institute owns a complete molecular laboratory and several research stereo microscopes, microscopes and inverted microscopes, and a scanning electron microscopy system (SEM).

Research Interests - isolation of new entomopathogenic nematode species and their symbiotic bacteria which is currently extended into the secondary metabolites produced by these bacteria and their use in medicine and agriculture.

Staff Members Involved

Dr. Long Phan Ke (WPL2) is a researcher in the Department of Molecular Systematic and Conservation Genetics, Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources – Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology. During the academic year 1998-1999, he obtained a grant from the VLIR (Flemish Interuniversity Council) to follow the Postgraduate International Nematology Course at the University of Ghent, Belgium. Immediately after he obtained his MSc degree in Nematology, He was offered a PhD position at the Agricultural Research Centre (Ghent) and obtained the degree of Doctor in Applied Biological Sciences in November 2003. With this thesis, he was awarded the Development and Co-operation Prize 2004 by Minister for Development Co-operation, Belgium. From 2004-2006 he studied the potential of entomopathogenic nematodes for controlling the sawyer beetle, Monochamus alternatus in Japan under the postdoc fellowship from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). He has contributed to 17 scientific papers and one book chapter. To date he has described 10 new species of entomopathogenic nematodes from Vietnam and Japan. He works closely with scientists in Belgium, China, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Russia and USA.

Dr. Phan Ke Long
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