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Seed germination ecophysiology of the wild pineapple, Ananas ananassoides (Baker) L.B.Sm. (Bromeliaceae)

DOI: 10.1590/S0102-33062010000400026

Keywords: cerrado, photoblastism, recruitment, seed bank, seed storage.

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in this study we investigated the effects of light, temperature, and storage on seed germination of the wild pineapple ananasananassoides, an understorey species found in cerrado woodlands. seeds were germinated at temperatures of 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 oc and a 12-hr photoperiod and continuous darkness for 30-d. seeds were photoblastic and the optimum temperatures for germination were 25 and 30 oc. seeds stored for 12-mo at room temperature and at 4 oc were set to germinate at optimum conditions. germinability of stored seeds did not differ from that of recently collected seeds, regardless of storage temperature, indicating their physiological potential for seed bank formation. our results suggest that as in tropical rainforests, light may be an important factor controlling recruitment from seed banks for small-sized species from the cerrado woodlands.

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