Panax ginseng C. A. Meyer: Micropropagation and the In Vitro Production of Saponins

  • K. T. Choi
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 4)

Abstract

The Oriental people traditionally use ginseng (Panax ginseng C. A. Meyer) roots and extracts for geriatric, tonic, stomachic, and aphrodisiac treatment. Brekhman and Dardymov (1969) reported the plant to possess anabolic, adaptogenic, antistress, hypothermic, central nervous system stimulation, radio-protective, antibiotic, minor hyperglycemic, and anticancer activity. The Korean workers Oh et al. (1969) and Hong et al. (1969) have reported that in mice the saponin fractions potentiate nembutal hypnosis, retard the onset of cocaine-induced convulsions, reduce body temperature, and enhance sexual behavior.

Keywords

Starch MeOH Flavonoid Cellulase Mannitol 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. T. Choi
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  1. 1.Division of Genetics and PhysiologyKorea Ginseng & Tobacco Research InstituteTaejonKorea

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