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Revista Brasileira de Sementes
versión impresa ISSN 0101-3122
PINTO, Tais Leite Ferreira et al. Evaluation of the Jatropha curcas L. seed viability by tetrazolium and X-ray tests. Rev. bras. sementes [online]. 2009, vol.31, n.2, pp. 195-201. ISSN 0101-3122. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-31222009000200023.
The Jatropha curcas L. presents a great potential for fuel, but there are few studies to assess seed quality of this species. Therefore, this research aimed to study the performance of the tetrazolium salt test procedures and to verify the efficiency of the X-ray test to evaluate the seed viability of this species. Seeds were hydrated between paper towel and immersed in water to reach 30 and 40% m.c.. Following, seed coat was removed manually and seeds were immersed in 0,075 and 0,5% tetrazolium solutions for 120 min., respectively, at 40ºC. Best results of tetrazolium test comprised the hydration between paper, until the seeds reach 30% m.c. and coloration in contact with a solution of 0,5%. The Jatropha curcas L. seeds were also submitted to X-ray test, in intensity of the 25Kv for 60s. Results of tetrazolium and X-ray tests were compared to germination and it was shown that both are efficient to assess Jatropha curcas L. seeds viability.
Palabras clave : image analysis; physiological potential; oilseed.