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Brazilian Journal of Botany

versión impresa ISSN 0100-8404versión On-line ISSN 1806-9959

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ZPEVAK, Francisco Antonio; PEREZ, Sônia Cristina Juliano Güaltieri de Andrade  y  BUCKERIDGE, Marcos Silveira. Isothermal seed germination of Adenanthera pavonina. Braz. J. Bot. [online]. 2012, vol.35, n.4, pp.401-408. ISSN 0100-8404.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-84042012000400013.

This work reports aspects of seed germination at different temperatures of Adenanthera pavonina L., a woody Southeast Asian Leguminosae. Germination was studied by measuring the final percentages, the rate, the rate variance and the synchronisation of the individual seeds calculated by the minimal informational entropy of frequencies distribution of seed germination. Overlapping the germinability range with the range for the highest values of germination rates and the minimal informational entropy of frequencies distribution of seed germination, we found that the best temperature for the germination of A. pavonina seeds is 35 ºC. The slope µ of the Arrhenius plot of the germination rates is positive for T < 35 ºC and negative for T > 35 ºC. The activation enthalpies, estimated from closely-spaced points, shows that |ΔH-| < 12 Cal mol-1 occur for temperatures in the range between 25 ºC and 40 ºC. The ecological implication of these results are that this species may germinate very fast in tropical areas during the summer season. This may be an advantage to the establishment of this species under the climatic conditions in those areas.

Palabras clave : Leguminosae; synchronisation; temperature; thermobiology.

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