Ngoc Linh ginseng gene conservation

By HOANG THO |

(QNO) - The plan of breeding Ngoc Linh ginseng from the over 150-year-old tuber in Nam Tra My  district has been done to build a genetic map for Ngoc Linh ginseng – Vietnamese ginseng.

The samples of the 150-year-old Ngoc Linh ginseng tuber at the Centre of Ngoc Linh Ginseng.
The samples of the 150-year-old Ngoc Linh ginseng tuber at the Centre of Ngoc Linh Ginseng.

Although the ginseng tuber has been sold, some of its parts are remained to transfer to Nam Tra My district to breed, study and build its genetic map. According to Chairman of Nam Tra My District People's Committee Ho Quang Buu, the ginseng tuber helps to confirm the origin of Ngoc Linh ginseng in Nam Tra My district. It is consequently very important to keep this precious ginseng gene. It will be planted and monitored at Tac Ngo original ginseng garden.

Some parts of the 150-year-old Ngoc Linh ginseng tuber
Some parts of the 150-year-old Ngoc Linh ginseng tuber

The district will cooperate with some scientists to evaluate the saponin content in this kind of ginseng, analyse and ask for putting Ngoc Linh ginseng into the endangered gene bank. Building the genetic map of Ngoc Linh ginseng will contribute so much to its conservation. The map also helps raise its prestige and quality, contributing to the successful national project of Ngoc Linh ginseng (Vietnamese ginseng) Conservation and Development.

By HOANG THO