Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 11, 2014

JMU prof, student research ginseng restoration


Associated Press

HARRISONBURG, Va. — A James Madison associate professor and a student are conducting a research project aimed at restoring American ginseng in the wild.

Ginseng long has been coveted in many Asian cultures because its multipronged root is believed to have medicinal properties. And the wild roots are believed to be more potent than cultivated roots.

James Madison junior biology major Emily Thyroff tells The Daily News-Record that ginseng has been overharvested in the Shenandoah Valley and other parts of Appalachia. She and associate biology professor Heather Griscom hope to learn about ginseng’s ecology so they can create a restoration plan.

They are conducting experiments in the greenhouse at James Madison and in the field in West Virginia to identify optimal places to replant ginseng.

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Information from: Daily News-Record.