DEPARTMENT OF FOOD CROPS,
VEGETABLES, FLOWERS AND FRUITS
 
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1. GENERAL INTRODUCTION      
 
1.1.   Name of the department:  Department of Food crops, Vegetables, Flowers and Fruits.
1.2.  Address: Room: 222, 242 and Lab 113 Phuong Vy, Nong Lam University, Ho Chi Minh City, Linh Trung ward, Thu Duc district, Ho Chi Minh City. Telephone: (084).08.38961710 (Faculty of Agronomy/ Department of Food Crops. Email:  bmcltrhq@gmail.com
1.3.  Briefly history: The Department of Food Crops, Vegetables, Flowers and Fruits was established in 1994. The period from 1994 to 2002 Associate Prof. Dr. Le Minh Triet was the head of the department. From 2002 to 2010 Associate Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Ke was the head of the department. From 2011 to date Dr. Pham Thi Minh Tâm has been the head of the department
1.4.  Functions:  The Department has the functions of teaching, researching and transferring agricultural techniques in the following fields:
-         Food crops: paddy rice, corn, cassava, sweet potato (studies on technical measures, varieties, cropping systems and the symbiosis between maize and mycorrhiza).
-         Vegetables: studies on varieties of tropical and subtropical vegetables; techniques to produce safety vegetables, survey on wild vegetables and multiplication.
-         Flowers and ornamental plants:  studies on varieties, cultural practices and training of ornamental plants and flowers in the tropics, multiplication by tissue culture.
-         Fruits crops: studies on varieties, multiplication, orchard design, pruning and training and cultural measures for citrus, mango, durian, longan, bananas, pineapple, sweetsop, jackfruit, dragonfruit, guava, waterapple.
 
2.        STAFF MEMBERS
 

Dr. Pham Thi Minh Tam
Head of the Department
Senior lecturer
 
BSc. at UAF Ho Chi Minh City
Master of Science in Crop Science at UAF. HCM City
Ph.D. in Australia, major in Horticulture
 
 
Dr. Hoang Kim
Senior researcher
 
BSc. at IVth Agricultural University, HCM City.
Doctor of Agronomy at Vietnamese Agr. Science Institute
Research in food crops
 
 
MSc. Tran thi Da Thao (Mrs.)
Senior lecturer
 
BSc. at UAF Ho Chi Minh City
Master of Science in Crop Science at UAF. HCM City
Research in Food Crops and Mycorrhiza
 

 
 
MSc. Pham Huu Nguyen
Lecturer
BSc. at UAF Ho Chi Minh City
Master of Science in Crop Science at UAF. HCM City
Research in Vegetables
 
 
 
 
 
Msc. Thai Nguyen Diem Huong (Ms.)
Lecturer
 
BSc. at UAF Ho Chi Minh City
MSc. at UAF. HCM City
Research in Fruit crops
 
 

 

3.      TRAINING AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
 
3.1. TRAINING ACTIVITIES
 
Undergraduate level
Each year the department has lectures for 7-9 classes.
It undertakes four subjects:
-         Food crops (Paddy rice cultivation, Corn, Cassava and Sweet potato): 45 hours (3 credits) per class.
-         Vegetables: 30 hours (2 credits) per class
-         Flowers and Ornamental plants :  30 hours (2 credits) per class
-         Tropical fruits: 45 hours (3 credits) per class
 Supervise about 40-50 undergraduate students to carry out the graduation paper each year.
Besides the classes of Crop Science, the department has lectures for classes of Plant Protection and Agr. Technical Pedagogy. 
 
Graduate level
Fruit crops: 45 hours
Paddy rice: 20 hours
Supervise 3-4 graduate students to carry out Master thesis each year.
 
3.2.           RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
To develop the research activities each member of the department has been carrying out the projects with the collaboration of the Foundations, Companies and the financing of the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Sciences and Technology, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Offices of Sciences and Technology of provinces, Companies and the University.
 
Main project tittles were listed below:
 
Associate Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Ke
-         Collection and comparison of pineapple cultivars in South Vietnam.
-         Multiplication methods for special fruit trees in South Vietnam.
-         Selecting local and exotic fruit cultivars.  
-         Cultivation of dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus) in Long An and Binh Thuan provinces. Financed by CIRAD-FLHOR (France).
-         Comparison of Queen and Cayenne pineapple growing in sulphate acid soils (CIRAD-FLHOR).
-         Developing some selected mango, longan, jujube and sweetsop cultivars in Can Gio district, HCM City.
-         Studies on pruning, floral induction for Thai mango and longan cultivars grown in Ho Chi Minh City.
-         The survey of indigenous plant species used as vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices and medicine in some ethnic minorities in South Vietnam (financed by AA Foundation, Japan).
-         Studies on citrus cultivars selected in South Vietnam and in Thailand.
-         Selected jackfruit cultivars for the Eastern region of South Vietnam.
 
MSc. Tran Thi Da Thao
-         Selecting cultivars and applying some intensive cultivation measures to hybrid maize in the Southeast region (1999-2000).
-         Studies on the cultural practices to increase corn yield in some remote villages of Southeast region (2005-2007). 
-         Studies on the symbiosis between maize and mycorhyza in Southeast region (2007-2008).
-         Selecting hybrid maize varieties adapting to the Southeast region of Vietnam (2001-2003). (cooperate with National Maize Research Institute)
 
Dr. Hoang Kim
See TS.Hoang Kim  on Google search or Hoang Kim Profile at
 
MSc. Pham Huu Nguyen
-         Measures to produce safety vegetables in Dong Nai province (Collaborate with Prof. Dr. Huynh Thanh Hung).
-          Measures to produce safety vegetables in Vung Tau province (Collaborate with Prof. Dr. Huynh Thanh Hung).
 
Ms.  Thai Nguyen Diem Huong
-         Cooperate with Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Ke to realize the project ofselected jackfruit cultivars for the Eastern region of South Vietnam.
 
4.       PUBLICATION
4.1. Books
 
Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Ke
 
-Nguyen Van Ke, Yoshitaka Tanaka, Tomoya Akihama. 1997. Tropical fruits in Vietnam. AA- Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand. Japanese. 112 pages.
-Nguyen Van Ke, Yoshitaka Tanaka. 1997. Tropical vegetables, herbs and spices in South East Asia, part 1: Vietnam. AA- Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand. Japanese. 146 pages.
-Nguyen Van Ke. 2001.   Tropical fruits (volume 1). Agricultural publishing House, HCM City.Vietnamese. 175 pages.
-Nguyen Van Ke.  1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005. Dragon Fruit. Agricultural publishing House, HCM City. Vietnamese. 35 pages.
-Tanaka Yoshitaka, Nguyen Van Ke. 2007.   Edible wild plants of Vietnam. Orchid, Bangkok Thailand, ISBN: 974-524-089-3, ISBN-13: 978-974-524-089-6. English. 175 pages.
 
Dr. Hoang Kim
-Hoang Kim, Pham Van Bien 1995. Cassava. Agricultural publishing House, HCM City. Vietnamese. 70 pages.
-Hoang Kim, Pham Van Bien, R. H. Howeler (Vietnam), Watana Watananota et al. (Thailand); 2003. A review of cassava in Asia with country case studies on Thailand and Viet Nam. Proceedings of the validation forum on the Global Cassava Development Strategy held in FAO-Rome, Italy, April 26-28, 2000. FAO-IFAD-CIAT-CIRAD-IITA-NRI.Volume 3, 184 pages.
-Taco Bottema, Pham Thanh Binh, Dang Ngoc Ha, Mai Thach Hoanh, Hoang Kim. 1991 Sweet potato in Vietnam, production and markets. CGPRT No.24. Bogor, Indonesia, 113 pages.
 
4.2.           Magazine
-Nguyen Van Ke, Le pham Hoa, Nguyen Phuong Anh and Pham Ba Tong. 1998. Some experiments on mango grafting for multiplication and for changing cultivar, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology 3/1998. Page 82-87. University of Agriculture and Forestry (UAF), Agricultural publishing House, HCM City. Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke, Huynh Cong Minh and Le thi Thuy. 1999. Grafting and marcotting experiments for longan, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, special issue, page 204-209. UAF, Agricultural publishing House, HCM City. Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke. 1999. The improvement of tropical fruits in South Vietnam, in Bulletin of the Faculty of Agriculture; Meiji University. ISSN 0465-6083; pages 39-45. Meiji University. English.
-Nguyen Van Ke, Do ngoc Bao and Phan Van Thu. 2000. Floral induction for pittahaya (Hylocereus undatus Haw.), in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 2/2000. Page 15-18. UAF, Agricultural publishing House, HCM City. Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke, Bui thi Tuyet Mai, Tran Kinh Quoc, Tran Duc Hiep and Nguyen Binh Duy. 2000. Pummelo cultivars grown in the villages of Bach Dang and Tan Trieu, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 3/2000. Page 106-109. UAF, Agricultural publishing House, HCM City. Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke, Le Pham Hoa, Khak Sok Eng and Chin. 2001. Some results on the experiments of floral induction for two longan cultivars Tieu Da Bo and Tieu La Bau, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 3/2001. Page 11-14. Agricultural publishing House, HCM City.Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke, Le Pham Hoa and Chin Pisoth. 2001. Effects of some leaf fertilizers on the fruit setting, yield and quality of longan (Dimocarpus longan Lour. cv. Tieu da bo), in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 3/2001. Page 25-27. Agricultural publishing House, HCM City.Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke, et al. 2003. Bark grafting for multiplying of new mango cultivars, in Scientific Bulletin of Universities. Page 27-30, ISSN-0868-3034, Ministry of Education and Training. Hanoi. Vietnamese. 
-Nguyen Van Ke. 2003. Some measures of artificial floral induction for Tieu Da Bo longan (Dimocarpus longan Lour. cv. Tieu Da Bo, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 2/2003. Page 17-20. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training. Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke. 2003. Study on growth and development of some guava cultivars (Psidium guava L.) grown at Trang Nong farm, Phu Giao district, Binh Duong province, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 2/2003. Page 21-25. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training.Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke. 2003. Effect of potassium nitrate on the floral induction of several Thai mango cultivars grown at Dong Tien farm, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 3/2003. Page 21-25. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training.Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke. 2003. Effects of pruning on the growth and the development of several Thai mango cultivars, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 3/2003. Page 26-32. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training.Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke. 2003. D leaf analysis to correct nutrition for pineapple grown at Tho Vuc state farm, Dong Nai province, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 4/2003. Page 14-20. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training.Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke and Yoshitaka Tanaka. 2003. Wild vegetables in Vietnam, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 4/2003. Page 21-31. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training.Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke. 2004. Effects of plastic mulching on pineapple cultivation at Tho Vuc state farm, Dong Nai province, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 1/2004. Page 22-28. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training.Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke and Pham Ba Tong. 2004. Some linear equations proposed to pineapple cultivation in Tho Vuc state farm, , in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 3/2004. Page 22-25. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training.Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke and Nay Meng. 2005. Floral induction for Cat Hoa Loc mango (Mangifera indica L.) grown in Phu Giao district, Binh Duong province by applying KNO3, thiourea and paclobutrazol, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 1/2005. Page 1-6. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training.Vietnamese.
-Nguyen Van Ke and Nguyen Minh Dong. 2005. Effects of paclobutrazol doses on the floral induction of Khiew sa woei mango at Dong Tien farm, Ho Chi Minh City, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 4/2005, Special issue. Page 1-5. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training. English.
-Nguyen Van Phong and Nguyen Van Ke. 2005. Effect of paclobutrazol on floral induction for three mango cultivars grown in Cu Chi district, HCMC, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 4/2005, Special issue. Page 19-24. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training. English.
-Nguyen Van Ke and Yoshitaka Tanaka. 2001, 2002, 2003. The survey of indigenous plant species used as vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices and medicine in some ethnic minorities in South Vietnam, in News Letter- AA the Foundation of Agricultural development and Education. Bangkok, Thailand, 12 publications in English.
-Tran Thi Da Thao. 1999. Effect of Cropping Systems for Maize on Economic Efficiency and Soil Fertility on the Grey Soil in Thu Duc District, HCMC, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 6/1999. Page 67-69. Agricultural publishing House, HCM City. Vietnamese.
-Tran Thi Da Thao. 2000. Characteristics of some waxy corn varieties planted on grey soil in Thu Duc district, HCMC in autumn crop 1998, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 1/2000. Page 23-27. Agricultural publishing House, HCM City. Vietnamese.
-Tran Thi Da Thao. 2000. Effect of nitrogen fertilizer levels on the growth and yield of Pi. 3011 hybrid corn variety planted on grey soil of Thu Duc district in autumn crop 1999, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 2/2000. Page 38-42. Agricultural publishing House, HCM City. Vietnamese.
-Tran Thi Da Thao, Le Dinh Don and Bui Cach Tuyen. 2007. Effect of phosphorus fertilizer on the growth, yield, nutrition residual and density of mycorrhizal colonization of maize (Zea mays L.) in winter – spring crop of the year 2004 – 2005 in the grey soil regions of Tay Ninh province, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 1&2/2007. Page 82-87. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training. Vietnamese.
-Tran Thi Da Thao et al. 2008. Selecting approriate hybrid maize varieties for the Southeastern region, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 1&2/2008. Page 88-93. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training. Vietnamese.
-Tran Thi Da Thao, Le Dinh Don and Bui Cach Tuyen. 2008. Effect of different phosphorus levels and vesicular – arbuscular mycorrhizas on the growth and phosphorus uptake of maize (Zea mays L.) on red – brown soil, in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 1&2/2008. Page 94-101. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training. Vietnamese.
-Tran Thi Da Thao, Le Dinh Don and Bui Cach Tuyen. 2008. Interaction of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers on the growth and nutrient uptake of mycorrhizal maize (Zea mays L.), in Journal of Agr. Sciences and technology, 1&2/2008. Page 109-115. UAF HCM City, Ministry of Education and Training. Vietnamese.
 
4.3.            Proceedings, workshops
 
-Nguyen Van Ke. 1997. Fruits in Vietnam, in Proceedings of the training course on the Agricultural potentiality in Vietnam. Meiji University, UAF and AA Foundation; pages 26-46. English.
-Nguyen Van Ke. 1997. General information on vegetables, spices and herbs in South Vietnam, in Proceedings of the training course on the Agricultural potentiality in Vietnam. Meiji University, UAF and AA Foundation; pages 49 -56. English.
-Nguyen Van Ke and Thai Nguyen Diem Huong. 2007. Studies on jack fruit cultivars for Eastern Region of South Vietnam, in Scientific research, page 58-64, Faculty of Agronomy, UAF HCM City. Vietnamese.
 
-Hoang Kim, Nguyen Phuong, Tran Cong Khanh and Hernan Ceballos, 2008. Recent progress in cassava breeding and varietal adoption in Vietnam.In A New Furture for Cassava in Asia: Its Use as Food, Feed and Fuel to Benefit the Poor, 8th Asian Cassava Research Workshop October 20 – 24, 2008 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. p.9.
 
-Nguyen Van Bo, Hoang Kim, Nguyen Van Ngai, Tran Ngoc Ngoan, Hernan Ceballos and Reinhardt Howeler, 2008, New developments in the cassava sector in Vietnam.In A New Furture for Cassava in Asia: Its Use as Food, Feed and Fuel to Benefit the Poor, 8th Asian Cassava Research Workshop October 20 – 24, 2008 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. p. 9.
 
-Hoang Kim, Nguyen Van Bo, Reinhardt Howeler and Hernan Ceballos 2008.Current Situation of Cassava in Vietnam and the selection of cassava doubled haploid (DH) lines derived from CIAT . Paper presented at Cassava meeting the challenges of the new millennium hosted by IPBO- Ghent University, Belgium 21-25 July 2008.
 
-Hoang Kim, Nguyen Van Ngai, Reinhardt Howeler and Hernan Ceballos 2008. Current situation of cassava in vietnam and its potential as a bio – fuel. Paper presented at IFAD/ICRISAT Project Launching Meeting “Harnessing water –use efficient bio-energy crops for enhancing livelihood opportunities of smallholder farmers in Asia, Africa and Latin America” hosted by ICRISAT- Patancheru, 502 324, Andhra Pradesh, India, 1-2 May, 2008.
 
-Pham Van Bien, Hoang Kim, Tran Ngoc Ngoan, Reinhardt Howeler and Joel J. Wang 2007. New developments in the cassava sector of Vietnam. In: CIAT 2007, Cassava research and development in Asia.Exploring New Opportunities for an Ancient Crop.R.H. Howeler (Ed.). p. 25-32
 
-Hoang Kim, Tran Ngoc Ngoan, Trinh Phuong Loan, Bui Trang Viet, Vo Van Tuan, Tran Cong Khanh, Tran Ngoc Quyen and Hernan Ceballos 2007. Genetic improvement of cassava in Vietnam: Current status and future approaches. In: CIAT 2007, Cassava research and development in Asia.  Exploring New Opportunities for an Ancient Crop.R.H. Howeler (Ed.). p. 118-124.
 
-Nguyen Thi Cach, Nguyen Thi Hoa Ly, R.H. Howeler, Tran Ngoc Ngoan, Tran Van Minh, Hoang Trong Khang, Dao Thi Phuong, Le Van An, Vu Thi Lua, Pham Van Bien, Le Van Phuoc, Hoang Kim 2007. Farmer Participatory Variety Trials Conducted in Vietnam In: CIAT 2007, Cassava research and development in Asia/ Exploring New Opportunities for an Ancient Crop.R.H. Howeler (Ed.). p. 363-376
 
-Tran Cong Khanh, Hoang Kim, Vo Van Tuan, Nguyen Huu Hy, Dao Huy Chien, Pham Van Bien, Reinhardt Howeler and Hernan Ceballos 2007. Selection and development of cassava cultivar KM140. In: IAS 2007, Research Highlight 2006, p.17-20
 
- Publications of Hoang Kim before 2007. See TS.Hoang Kim on Google search
 
5.       INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
-UNDP: Pineapple project in Vietnam, VIE 86-04. 1989-1990, cooperate with Pinexport Company, HCM City.
-CIRAD_FLHOR, France: Pineapple cultivars and dragon fruit investigation 1993-1995.
-AA- The Foundation of Agricultural Development and Education, Japan: Survey of indigenous plant species used as vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices and medicine in some ethnic minorities in South Vietnam. 2001-2003.
-Meiji University, 1995-2007: Study tours for students of Meiji University,  15-20 students per year. Survey on environment, rural development, education.
-Arboretum of Okinawa, 2005. Multiplication and training for tropical fruits.
 
       - CIAT,CIP,IRRI,CIMMYT, ICRISAT, See TS.Hoang Kim on Google search
              or http://www2.hcmuaf.edu.vn/contents.php?ids=1018&ur=hoangkim
 
6.       AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
-Introduce new selected varieties having high yield and good quality to farmers: paddy rice, corn, cassava, vegetables and fruits (seedless guava, water apple, high yield jackfruit, etc.
-Training technical measures to agricultural extension workers and farmers (cooperate with the National Agr. Extension and provinces).
-Transfer new technical measures of the multiplication, cultivation, artificial floral induction of fruit trees, vegetables and food crops to farmers (through the realization of the projects). Cooperate with companies, television stations, radio station, etc. to broadcast new cultivars and new cultural measures for farmers.
- Collaborate with the excellent farmers and companies to multiply new cultivars for farmers.
 
 
7.       ORIENTATION
In the near future, the department will concentrate to train young lecturers by sending them to abroad for training in horticulture and in food crops. The department always encourages its staffs to develop research activities and international collaboration. Each member of the department has to update theirs syllabus and textbooks for students. They also improve the teaching methods to satisfy the social demand.

 

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