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Olson, Hanna, 2014. Swedish ginseng : possibilities and challenges. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Soil and Environment

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Ginseng is a shade plant with a cultivation period of at least four years. The ginseng root has been used in Asia for thousands of years to strengthen and vitalize the body. This literature review investigated the possibilities of commercial ginseng cultivation in Sweden. Three main areas of challenge were studied, climate, disease and market, based on the growth requirements and production methods of the variety Panax quinquefolium. The climate conditions in Sweden seem to be suitable for cultivation of Panax quinquefolium. Problems with common fungal diseases of ginseng can be assumed to be small at first, but increase over time. There are three production systems; forest-grown, field-grown under artificial shade and wild-simulated. Field-grown ginseng can be sold to the European or Asian market, but the value of wild-simulated and forest-grown ginseng is only appreciated on the Asian market. To access the Asian market, Swedish ginseng production must exceed a certain amount (~5000 kg dried root). The conclusion is that ginseng can be grown commercially in Sweden, although posing substantial cultivation challenges and Swedish ginseng farmers would have to create a marketing plan and cope with radically fluctuating world market prices.

Main title:Swedish ginseng
Subtitle:possibilities and challenges
Authors:Olson, Hanna
Supervisor:Mårtensson, Anna
Examiner:Hagman, Jannie
Series:Examensarbeten / Institutionen för mark och miljö, SLU
Volume/Sequential designation:2014:13
Year of Publication:2014
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:1010A Agriculture Programme (admitted before July 1, 2007) 270 HEC
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
(S) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
Keywords:Panax quinquefolium, Sweden, ginseng
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-4046
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-4046
Subjects:Agricultural economics and policies
Plant ecology
Plant physiology - Growth and development
Language:English
Deposited On:08 Jan 2015 10:03
Metadata Last Modified:08 Jan 2015 10:03

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