April 2012- With the early spring Jarett Cook and his technicians have been busy preparing the site, fencing to exclude deer, and treating the areas for planting. Over 15,000 ginseng seed from 5 different sources (Iowa, Southern Missouri, Central Michigan, Maryland, and Ontario Canada have been planted into 10 replicate plots. These garminants will be followed for survival, growth, and disease. Dying plants will be returned to the lab for analysis as to the specific pathogen causing mortality.
November 2012 - Little did we know how hot and dry the summer of 2012 was going to be when we started the field study. We are now looking at researching delayed germination in ginseng caused by drought and if seeds that were stratified can survive drought conditions. Controlled environement studies are progressing which are looking at pathogen pressures on seed in the first few days of germination