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Discrimination between ginseng from Korea and China by light stable isotope analysis.
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PMID:  21056718     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Ginseng is a health food and traditional medicine highly valued in Asia. Ginseng from certain origins is higher valued than from other origins, so that a reliable method for differentiation of geographical origin is important for the economics of ginseng production. To discriminate between ginseng samples from South Korea and PR China, 29 samples have been analyzed for the isotopic composition of the elements H, C and N. The results showed δ(2)H values between -94 and -79‰, for δ(13)C -27.9 to -23.7‰ and for δ(15)N 1.3-5.4‰ for Chinese ginseng. Korean ginseng gave δ(2)H ratios between -91 and -69‰, δ(13)C ratios between -31.2 and -22.4‰ and δ(15)N ratios between -2.4 and +7‰. Despite the overlap between the values for individual isotopes, a combination of the isotope systems gave a reasonable differentiation between the two geographic origins. Especially the statistically significant difference in δ(2)H ratios facilitated the differentiation between Korean and Chinese ginseng samples.
Micha Horacek; Ji-Sook Min; Sang-Cheol Heo; Gerhard Soja
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Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Analytica chimica acta     Volume:  682     ISSN:  1873-4324     ISO Abbreviation:  Anal. Chim. Acta     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370534     Medline TA:  Anal Chim Acta     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  77-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Environmental Resources and Technology, Austrian Institute of Technology, 2444 Seibersdorf, Austria.
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