Two of Korea’s major television broadcast networks – Korean Broadcasting System and SBS TV ‐ recently highlighted the OGIRC in feature documentaries. KBS‐TV’s Science Caféaired a feature documentary on the ginseng industry in North America, and Ontario in particular, focusing on Dr Lui’s insights into trends, research, production and marketing. Included in the show’s taping were the labs of Drs. Feng and Karmazyn. The SBS‐TV documentary, Ginseng, dealt with the approaches different countries use to bring their ginseng to local and global consumers, and what lessons Korean producers can learn from these practices. Dr. Lui and the labs of Drs. Feng, Karmazyn and Noble were highlighted in the documentary.
CTV - In January 2012, a local CTV news feature focused on Ontario’s decision to cancel rounds six and seven of the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence program, as well as the special round for the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Research funding from the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence program will be reduced by $42 million over the next four years. Ed Lui and Dan Sinai, Western’s acting associate vice-president (research), discussed the impact this decision would have on research in general and on Western in particular. Some of the savings generated from the cuts will be reallocated to the recently announced Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Fund, as well as the older Eastern Ontario Economic Development Fund.
Ontario’s The Grower magazine published an article in the August edition relating to the OGGA’s efforts to promote Ontario ginseng, and presented photos and a brief outline of the Cultivating Natural Bioactives conference delegates who had joined the pre-conference tour.
In May 2012, CBC’s The National presented a feature interview with Dr Praveen Saxena from the Plant Biotechnology PTG at the University of Guelph. The feature focused on Dr Saxena’s work cloning elm trees which are resistant to Dutch Elm disease.
Dr David Bailey from the OGIRC’s Safety Platform Technology Group was featured on the CBC’s National on Monday, November 26, 2012. The interview and story focused on Dr Bailey’s continuing research into the interaction of grapefruit and certain medications. The number of medications with which grapefruit interacts has increased to more than 85 – with the number producing extraordinarily serious side effects has jumped from 17 to 44 in the past four years. A component of grapefruit increases the drugs’ bioavailability and the potential for serious side effects. Dr. Bailey’s work with the OGIRC’s Safety PTG involves addressing the effect of ginseng extracts on the human CYP3A4 enzyme. The full article and a short video are available on the CBC website here
The Globe and Mail published an article in the September 26, 2013 edition discussing the future of Canada’s ginseng industry as well as the research findings and myths surrounding North American ginseng. The full article is available here.