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MAGALHAES, Hélida Mara et al. Health quality of Butia capitata seeds in the north of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2008, vol.38, n.8, pp. 2371-2374. ISSN 1678-4596. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-84782008000800045.
Coquinho-azedo (Butia capitata Mart. Becc.) is a Brazilian Cerrado native palm tree. Its fruit is used as food to human and animals. This record aim was to identify the microorganisms in the seeds of this species, using the "blotter test" and potato-dextrose-agar (PDA) medium. Samples were collected in Montes Claros, Minas Gerais State. In a factorial scheme 2 x 2, seeds with or without endocarp, were analysed by blotter test" and BDA, using a randomly designed with ten replications. These seeds presented a diversified microorganism population and endocarp removing did not interfere in coquinho-azedo microbiological analysis. Greater numbers of microorganism species were recovered in PDA medium, and mostly were Fusarium spp. and Penicillium spp. This study concluded that predominantly B. capitata microorganism population was fungus and PDA was better medium.
Keywords : native palm; fruitful tree; health analysis.