Biodivers Conserv (2018) 27:2093–2095 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-018-1530-1 LETTER TO THE EDITOR 1 1 1 1 1 Liang‑Jun Hu · Zhenxing Zhang · Weina Wang · Lu Wang · Haijun Yang Received: 2 January 2018 / Revised: 22 February 2018 / Accepted: 23 February 2018 / Published online: 24 February 2018 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 To the Editor, Chinese ginseng, Panax ginseng (Fig. 1), originally grown indigenous to the Changbai Mountains where China borders upon the Korean Peninsula, is a popular herbal medicinal plant with world renown and mysterious healing powers especially known in the Orient (Briskin 2000; Choi 2008; Jia et al. 2009; Lee and Kim 2014). Therefore, being a best- seller cash-herb welcomed throughout the world, China’s ginseng contributes over 70% in amount to the world’s ginseng production (Zhao and Jin 2009); and one third of China’s ginseng yields, i.e., about 1500–1800 tons annually, goes export for earning cash. Yet, this seeming prosperity might be disaster to the local forest protection. Over decades to date, ginseng production has become a compelling challenge that threatens the local forests, bio- diversity and environmental conservation. In general, three kinds of activities account for China’s ginseng provisioning to markets: (i) Wild collections. This time-honored method
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