Revista Brasileira de Sementes
Print version ISSN 0101-3122
SHIBATA, Marília; COELHO, Cileide Maria Medeiros; OLIVEIRA, Luciana Magda de and GARCIA, Cristhyane. Accelerated aging of ipê seeds under controlled conditions of storage. Rev. bras. sementes [online]. 2012, vol.34, n.2, pp. 247-254. ISSN 0101-3122. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-31222012000200009.
This research was aimed at studying effects of storage and accelerated aging on germination and profile of storage proteins in Handroanthus albus seeds. These were stored into a cold chamber (± 8 ºC; RH ± 40%) and after periods of 0, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months of storage, were subjected to accelerated aging for 0, 24, 48, 72, and 96 hours. Relationships between germination and proteins profile were assessed. Germination test was performed at 25 ºC, under constant light. For protein extraction, 125 mg of seeds were macerated in 2 mL of extraction buffer (1M Tris-HCl; pH 8.8) and applied to SDS-PAGE polyacrylamide gel at 80 V .15 h-1. Twelve month storage, combined with 72 hours accelerated aging have increased germination in approximately 65% when compared to non-aged seeds or to seeds with 24 h of accelerated aging. Besides beneficial effects, degradation and synthesis of different proteins were observed. It was concluded that germination of Handroanthus albus seeds, when not subjected to accelerated aging, is favored by storage in cold chamber during three to six months, or from nine to 12 months when subjected to accelerated aging process. Storage proteins may be associated to those increases, and hence further studies are needed.
Keywords : yellow "ipê"; protein; Tabebuia alba.