MTSU researching ways to use, grow ginseng

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- - Researchers from Middle Tennessee State University are searching for ginseng in East Tennessee.

Trips into the hills of Cocke County are part of a collaborative research project by the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research at MTSU and the Guangxi Botanical Garden of Medicinal Plants in China.

MTSU says in a statement that the organizations have partnered in order to find "uses of ancient herbal remedies in modern medicine."

Professor Elliot Altman says researchers also want to see whether it is feasible for the school to grow ginseng that could be sold.

The root is very popular in China, which imports it.