The effect of soil disinfection with selected chemicals on the growth and development of American ginseng
(Panax quinquefolium L.)
Department of Industrial and Medicinal Plants
Agricultural University of Lublin
Akademicka 15, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
American ginseng is a fleshy rooted, herbaceous, perennial plant found in hardwood forests throughout the eastern
United States and southern Canada. It has been cultivated in North America and lately in Asia, Australia, and
Europe. The aim of the presented experiment was to determine the effect of soil disinfection with Previcur (0.2%), Basamid (180 g m-3),
and formaldehyde (2%) on growth, development, and disease infestation of
American ginseng through six years of vegetation. The field experiment was
carried out on sandy-loam soil. On plots where the soil was disinfected
with Basamid the seeds did not germinate and this pesticide had to be
excluded from the experiment. Disinfectants (apart from Basamid) used in
the experiment markedly protected seedlings from diseases, resulting in a
higher plant population and better growth and development of the plants.
Disinfectants used did not affect average root weight, but caused
significant differences in root yielding. Objects disinfected with
formaldehyde were characterized by significantly higher yields in
comparison with Previcur and especially control plots.
Kołodziej B., 2002. The effect of soil disinfection with selected chemicals on the
growth and development of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium L.). Folia Horticulturae 14/2: 177-182.