Anais da Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz
Print version ISSN 0071-1276
SILVA, W.R.da and MARCOS FILHO, J.. Evaluation of imbibition and the initial development of the embryonic structures of corn seeds submited to different water potentials. An. Esc. Super. Agric. Luiz de Queiroz [online]. 1990, vol.47, n.2, pp. 335-359. ISSN 0071-1276. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0071-12761990000200006.
Substrates with water potentials between O and -12atm, were used to evaluate the behavior of corn seeds during the germination process. Water deficiency treatments were compared with the control (adequate available water) using seeds with and without fungicide treatment. The analysis and the interpretation of the results permitted to conclude that the absorption of water, the emergency and the initial development of the embryonic structures are interdependent and vary with the water deficit. For these cases the reduction of water potential promotes difficulties in the evolution of the processes. The presence of fungicide treatment may not influence quantitatively the processes occurring in the beginning of the germination.
Keywords : corn; seeds; performance; water availability.