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Floresta e Ambiente

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Floresta Ambient. vol.26 no.4 Seropédica  2019  Epub Sep 23, 2019 

Original Article

Conservation of Nature

Partitioning and Modeling of Biomass in Caatinga Legume Seedlings in Different Water Conditions

João Paulo Alves de Barros1 

Luciana Sandra Bastos Souza1 

Thieres George Freire da Silva1

Magna Soelma Beserra de Moura2 

Luzia Ferreira da Silva1 

1Unidade Acadêmica de Serra Talhada, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco – UFRPE, Serra Talhada/PE, Brasil

2Laboratório de Agrometeorologia, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária – EMBRAPA, Petrolina/PE, Brasil


The accumulation of dry biomass, its partitioning and the adjustment of equations were assessed for the initial growth of Piptadenia stipulacea (Benth) Ducke and Anadenanthera colubrina (Vell.) Brenan under water availability variation. The experiment was conducted in pots arranged in a completely randomized design with three replicates. Water conditions were evaluated using the percentages of reference evapotranspiration. Samples of the biomass were taken at 10-day intervals and used for the achievement of partitioning data and model adjustments. The short period of water scarcity in the initial growth phase of P. stipulacea and A. colubrina does not affect the establishment of these species, but different water regimes alter their root growth dynamics. The A. colubrina allocates more dry matter to the roots, while P. stipulacea sends more dry matter to the aerial part. The Gaussian, Lorentzian, Log-Normal and Gompertz models had excellent adjustments for the biomass variables of the P. stipulacea species, whereas for A. colubrina, we recommend the Exponential model.

Keywords:  Anadenanthera colubrina (Vell.) Brenan; initial plant growth; Piptadenia stipulacea (Benth) Ducke; semiarid; water deficit


The Caatinga comprises the only example of seasonally dry tropical forests in Brazil (Silva et al., 2017). This plant cover is exposed to several types of environmental stresses, which are the outcome of the interaction among several factors such as: water availability (Souza et al., 2010) and soil nutrients (Menezes et al., 2012), in addition to climate (Silva et al., 2017; Souza et al., 2010). The climate is characterized for presenting high temperatures (23-27 °C), low air relative humidity, and volumes of rainfall (300-800 mm annually) poorly distributed in space and time (Alvalá et al., 2017). The combination of these factors results in high atmospheric demand, and reduced water availability, with periods of no rain in the rainy season that can last up to 19 days (Soares & Nóbrega, 2010).

The species from the Caatinga have developed morphophysiological and biochemical mechanisms to withstand adverse environmental conditions (Costa et al., 2015; Figueiredo-Lima et al., 2018), particularly the water deficit. However, the responses depend on the species, degree of stress and time of occurrence, especially in the initial stage of growth, which represents the most sensitive phase to the establishment of the plant in the environment (Lúcio et al., 2017).

The species Piptadenia stipulacea (Benth) Duck and Anadenanthera colubrina (Vell.) Brenan are native to the Caatinga Domain and have been used for economic, social and environmental purposes (Lorenzi, 2009). They present rapid growth and one way to understand the responses to environmental stresses is through dry biomass and its directly partitioning (Gonçalves et al., 2013), as well as the mathematical modeling, which can be applied in highly dynamic environments (Pinheiro et al., 2015; Silva et al., 2015).

The use of the modeling enables an integrated analysis of the biophysical knowledge that governs the soil-plant-atmosphere system, allowing to evaluate the uncertainties associated with environmental modifications. Regarding the semi-arid reality, however, Silva et al. (2015) cite that few studies use simulation of native plant growth, unlike other Brazilian morphoclimatic domains. The understanding of responses to water deficit may help the development of strategies for the production of seedlings, conservation of the environment and restoration of native forests in degraded areas.

This study investigated the accumulation of dry biomass and its partitioning, and adjusts mathematical models to the initial growth of two Caatinga legume species: P. stipulacea and A. colubrina under different levels of water availability in Serra Talhada, State of Pernambuco.


2.1. Characterization of the experimental area

The experiment was conducted from November 23, 2016 to March 28, 2017 at Unidade Acadêmica de Serra Talhada (Latitude: 07° 95’42” S; Longitude: 38° 29’50” O; 499 m above sea level), located in the municipality of Serra Talhada, state of Pernambuco. The climate of the region is BShw' of semi-arid type according to the classification of Köppen, with high average temperatures of approximately 26 °C and low air relative humidity with annual average around 63% and low rainfall volumes, with an average of 642mm.year-1 (Table 1), concentrated in few days in the year, occurring especially from January to April (Pereira et al., 2015). The meteorological data of the experiment period were obtained of a weather station owned by the National Institute of Meteorology (INMET) and are presented in Figure 1. The soil was classified as typical Tb Eutrophic Haplic Cambisol (Santos et al., 2013).

Table 1 Analysis of variance of the leaf dry biomass (LDB), stem dry biomass (SDB), root dry biomass (RDB), total aerial part dry biomass (TAPDB), total dry biomass (TDB), leaf area (LA) and root ratio (DRB/TDSB). 

Variable Source of Variation Sum of Squares Middle Square F
LDB Species 4.21975 4.21975 12.0196**
Water regime 1.26369 0.42123 1.1998 ns
Species × Water regime 2.40446 0.80149 2.2830 ns
SDB Species 17.55041 17.55041 56.9239**
Water regime 1.70795 0.56932 1.8466 ns
Species × Water regime 1.46857 0.48952 1.5877 ns
TSDB Species 38.98160 38.98160 43.3878**
Water regime 4.02468 1.34156 1.4932 ns
Species × Water regime 4.89128 1.63043 1.8147 ns
RDB Species 21.37518 21.37518 441.4331*
Water regime 2.33289 0.77763 16.0593 ns
Species × Water regime 1.82728 0.60909 12.5788**
TDB Species 2.62503 2.62503 2.3976 ns
Water regime 5.93293 1.97764 1.8063 ns
Species × Water regime 10.32276 3.44092 3.1429 ns
RDB/TSDB Species 12.04512 12.04512 94.1008**
Water regime 0.33523 0.11174 0.8730 ns
Species × Water regime 0.19466 0.06489 0.5069 ns
LA Species 4064 4063,8 0.4229 ns
Water regime 7478 2492,7 0.2623 ns
Species × Water regime 33466 11155,5 1.1730 ns

F: F test.

**significant at 1% probability level (p≤0.01).

*significant at 5% probability level (0.01≤p≤0.05); ns: not significant (p≥0.05).

Figure 1 Weather variables (a - air temperature (T) and air relative humidity (RH); b - global solar radiation (Qg) and rainfall (R)) monitored of a weather station owned by the National Institute of Meteorology (INMET) over the experiment, from November 23, 2016 to March 28, 2017. 

The pots were arranged in 0.3 m × 0.3 m spacing and completely randomized experimental design with three replications, in 2 × 4 factorial arrangement, being two species and four water regimes. The pots were located on bricks and each was considered a sample unit, with plots consisting of a total of 18 pots. The observations were carried out in protected environment under type 70% commercial shade cloth. The species A. colubrina and P. stipulacea were used. The seeds were initially scarified with no.100 sandpaper, at the end opposite the hilium. Then, they were sown in polypropylene containers with a capacity of 300 mL, filled with soil collected in the experimental area and sieved through a 2 mm mesh, then mixed with washed sand at a 2:1 proportion and covered with vermiculite. Water was resuplied daily. Thirty days after sowing, 144 plants were transplanted into 5 L pots, filled with the same soil from the containers and mixed with manure and coconut fiber. At 72 days after sowing (February 6, 2017), the differentiation of the water regime started using the percentages related to the reference evapotranspiration of: 25% ET0, 50% ET0; 75% ET0 and 100% ET0, lasting 15 days. The ET0 was calculated using the Penman-Monteith equation parameterized in FAO Bulletin no. 56 (Allen et al., 1998) to perform water replenishment.

2.2. Dry biomass of the species and leaf area

Over the cycle, at 10-day average intervals, three seedlings per treatment were obtained, and then subdivided into their organs: stem, leaves and roots, placed in paper bags and taken to the forced air ventilation oven at 60 ºC until reaching constant weight. From that information, the following were determined: leaf dry biomass (LDB, g pl-1), stem dry biomass (SDB, g pl -1), root dry biomass (RDB, g pl-1), plant total dry biomass (TDB = LDB + SDB + RDB, g pl-1), total aerial part dry biomass (TAPDB = LDB + SDB, g pl-1). In addition, information on partitioning was obtained: LDB/ TAPDB, SDB/TAPDB and RDB/TAPDB.

Leaf area (LF, cm2pl-1) was measured from leaf scanning using a commercial printer (model: Deskjet F4200 series, HP). The images were obtained in JPEG format and processed in the software LAfore (Veiko Lehsten) to delimit the leaf shape and, consequently, data on the leaf area.

2.3. Model used for adjustment of the species biomass variables

Non-linear regressions were adjusted to data of total dry matter biomass of the aerial part (TAPDB) for both species as a function of the independent variables: Days After Sowing (DAS) and Accumulated Degree-Day (ADD). The ADD was calculated using the expression (Equation 1):

ADD=i=1ntaverage-tb (1)

where, taverage is the daily average temperature (°C) and tb is the basal temperature (°C), considered equal to tb=10 °C as well as for the farming crops (Batista et al., 2013).

The following models were adjusted to P. stipulacea using SigmaPlot® 10 (Systat Software Inc.): Gaussiano (Equation 2), Lorentzian (Equation 3), Log-Normal (Equation 4) and Gompertz (Equation 5):

y = y0+a*e-0,5*x-x0b2 (2)
y=y0+a1+x-x0b2 (3)
y = y0+a*e-0,5*lnxx0b2 (4)
y = y0+a*e-e-x-x0b (5)

For A. colubrina, the 3-parameter Exponential model was used (Equation 6).

y = y0+a*eb*x (6)

For all situations, the value of “y” was the predicted variable (TAPDB) and “x” was the independent variables DAS or ADD. On the other hand, “y0”, “a”, “b” and “x0” indicated the constants of each equation.

The parameters of the models were statistically analyzed and had the significance compared by Student's t test. In addition, the observed and estimated values were compared by application of the statistical indices. Therefore, the following were considered: Pearson's correlation coefficient (R), coefficient of determination (r2) and the concordance index d (Willmott et al., 1985). In addition, the following statistical errors were estimated: mean absolute error (MAE) and root mean of the square error (SRMSE) (quoted by Oliveira et al., 2015) and the c performance coefficient of Camargo and Sentelhas (Camargo & Sentelhas, 1997).

2.4. Statistical analysis of the data

The information on the biomass accumulation for the species was submitted to the Shapiro-Wilk’s test and when the normality of the residues was verified, the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was applied, considering the 2x4 factorial arrangement (Species × Water regimes) and comparison of the means was performed by the Tukey’s test at the 5% level of significance, using ASSISTAT v7.7 software (Silva & Azevedo, 2016).


3.1. Biomass and its partitioning

All variables studied were affected by the species (p < 0.05), with exception of the LA (Table 1). There was an isolated effect of the water regime only for the RDB. There was interaction effect of the water regime and species only for the RDB. This result indicates that the occurrence of short periods of water deficit (represented by the differentiation of the water regime resupply) did not promote significant changes in the growth of the aerial part dry matter of these species. Silva et al. (2015) found different results when analyzed the influence of the water regime on the species Prosopis juliflora Sw (DC.) and Caesalpinia pyramidalis Tul., which reduced their dry biomass due to the decrease in the water availability.

P. stipulacea was the species that most accumulated LDB and SDB over time (Figures 22b), and consequently in TAPDB (Figure 2c), while A. colubrina had prominence for the parameter RDB (Figure 2d). As a consequence, there was no difference in TDB between species (Figure 2e). This is because P. stipulacea invests more in the structure of the aerial part in its growth process, showing high values of LDB and SDB when compared to A. colubrina. These growths are characteristics intrinsic of each of the species.

Figure 2 Comparison of biomass and leaf area parameters for A. colubrina and P. stipulacea on different water regime in the municipality of Serra Talhada, state of Pernambuco. Means followed by same lower case letters between species do not differ significantly by Tukey’s test, at 5% probability. Means followed by same capital letters between water regimes do not differ significantly by Tukey’s test, at 5% probability. The graphs a, b, c, d, e, h and i indicate the effect of the species on leaf dry biomass, stem dry biomass, total area part dry biomass - TAPDB, root dry biomass - RDB, total dry biomass, RDB/TAPDB ratio and leaf area, respectably. The graph f indicates effect of the water regime on RDB. The graph g indicates the effect of the interaction between species and water regime on RDB. 

The investment in LDB helps P. stipulacea to maximize the use of radiation, while A. colubrina tends to invest more in support structures with greater allocation of RDB and formation of tubers to promote energy reserves in the form of starch for longer, similar to the results reported by Ferreira et al. (2012). Initially, the greater allocation of photoassimilates for the formation of leaf biomass is important to enable the realization of the photosynthetic process and, as consequence, the plant growth (Gonçalves et al., 2012). On the other hand, the reduction in the values ​​of this partitioning over time occurred in detriment to the greater growth of the support structures, in this case, the stem with a wide presence of aculeus to avoid the herbivorous animals (Souza et al., 2013).

The increment of the water regime increased the biomass destined to the root system (Figure 2f). The evolution of root dry biomass of P. stipulacea is more sensitive to low water availability compared to A. colubrina (Figure 2g). For the species P. stipulacea there was no reduction of root growth due to the application of the water regime treatments of 25%.ET0 to 100%.ET0. The capacity of biomass increase by P. stipulacea under reduced water conditions can be related to the plant architecture, molded to the establishment in those conditions, and can serve as a material for reforestation and conservation of dry tropical forests (Lenhard et al., 2010). For the species A. colubrina, there is an upward accumulation of root biomass for all treatments, with higher rates in the regime of 100%.ET0.

The species P. stipulacea showed lower LDB/TDB ratios (Figure 2h), whereas it did not present differences in leaf area in relation to A. colubrina (Figure 2i). According to Ferreira et al. (2012), the investment in the A. colubrina root biomass is related to soil water availability as a resilience mechanism to remain in the environment during the period of water shortage. This strategy makes it possible the contact of the plant with deeper layers of soil that subsidize access to water. Additionally, Matos et al. (2018), when studying the initial growth of Tectona grandis also verified strategies of resistance to water deficit, such as greater stomatal resistance and reduction of leaf surface, ensuring the establishment of the plant in the environment. The most pronounced development of the A. colubrina root system is the establishment of seedling during reforestation actions, since the occurrence of prolonged summer can lead to a decline in the growth of the species in the field. Figueirôa et al. (2004), evaluating morphogenesis of Myracroduon urundeuva Allemão (Anacardiaceae), showed high values ​​of dry biomass of the plant under low water conditions.

3.2. Biomass modeling of Caatinga species

For P. stipulacea, the adjustment of the Gaussian, Lorentzian and Log-Normal models were significant by the t test at the 5% level (Table 2) for all treatments. The Gompertz model not adjusted only for treatment of 25%.ET0. The validation of these three models is presented in the Table 3. For A. colubrina, the only model that presented good adjustments was the Exponential. The model constants and your validation were presented in the Table 4. This behavior is probably associated with the fact that the initial growth of A. colubrina occurs in a mild manner (Ferreira et al., 2012), which is the reason for its permanence in the initial stage of growth.

Table 2 Constant (CM) of the Gaussian (G), Lorentzian (L), Log-Normal (LN) and Gompertz (GO) Models for the adjustment of Total Aerial Part Dry Biomass (TAPDB) of P. stipulacea in the municipality of Serra Talhada, state of Pernambuco from November 23, 2016 to March 28, 2017, using as the Independent Variable (VI), Days After Sowing (DAS) and Accumulated Degree-Days (ADD) for the following relative percentages (T): 25%.ET0 (T1), 50%.ET0 (T2), 75%.ET0 (T3) and 100%.ET0 (T4) (p<0.05). 

T1 y0 0.19 0.13 -0.79 -0.79 - - - -
x0 90.93 1332.8 91.04 1335.9 88.48 1277.9 - -
a 2.71 2.75 3.75 3.74 2.89 2.80 - -
b 17.96 324.48 27.02 476.36 0.21 0.26 - -
T2 y0 0.92 1.03 -0.29 -0.11 1.3 1.39 - -
x0 126.02 1937.9 123.81 1900.3 132.33 2068.7 70.29 988.27
a 3.14 3.04 4.36 4.19 2.81 2.72 5.17 5.32
b 35.83 600.77 53.13 885.69 0.35 0.39 36.8 681.24
T3 y0 0.86 0.95 -0.49 -0.36 - - - -
x0 20.99 1852.2 119.56 1828.8 141.92 2446.6 71.89 1007.6
a 3.76 3.67 5.16 5.02 4.80 4.99 5.46 5.56
b 30.82 520.8 45.14 762.31 0.51 0.66 28.13 513.83
T4 y0 - - - - - - - -
x0 116.15 1775.6 114.93 1750.5 119.57 1881.3 66.98 910.85
a 4.01 4.00 4.10 4.08 3.94 3.94 4.19 4.23
b 35.94 632.33 40.5 708.1 0.42 0.52 18.44 338.5

Table 3 Validation Parameters (VP) for Gaussian (G), Lorentzian (L), Log-Normal (LN) and Gompertz (GO) models for adjustment of Total Aerial Part Dry Biomass (TAPDB) of P. stipulacea in the municipality of Serra Talhada, state of Pernambuco from November 23, 2016 to March 28, 2017, using as the Independent Variable (VI), the Days After Sowing (DAS) and Accumulated Degree-Days (ADD) for the following relative percentages (T): 25%.ET0 (T1), 50%.ET0 (T2), 75%.ET0 (T3) and 100%.ET0 (T4) (p<0.05). 

T1 R 0.9876 0.9833 0.99 0.9858 0.9556 0.9354 - -
r2 0.9753 0.9668 0.9801 0.9717 0.9132 0.8749 - -
d 0.9949 0.9931 0.9949 0.9927 0.9767 0.9654 - -
c 0.9825 0.9765 0.9849 0.9786 0.9333 0.903 - -
MAE -6.18 × 10-6 -2.85 × 10-6 3.3 × 10-5 6.0 × 10-5 0.0009 0.0006 - -
SRMSE 0.14 0.16 0.13 0.15 0.27 0.32 - -
T2 R 0.9988 0.9992 0.9991 0.9995 0.9983 0.9987 0.9961 0.996
r2 0.9977 0.9985 0.9983 0.999 0.9967 0.9974 0.9921 0.9919
d 0.9995 0.9997 0.9995 0.9997 0.9991 0.9993 0.998 0.9979
c 0.9983 0.9989 0.9986 0.9992 0.9974 0.998 0.9941 0.9939
MAE 6.13 × 10-5 5.13 × 10-5 2.96 × 10-5 -6.7 × 10-5 -0.0002 0.0002 -0.0005 -0.0006
SRMSE 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.03 0.05 0.05 0.08 0.08
T3 R 0.9835 0.9846 0.9843 0.9854 0.9793 0.9787 0.9781 0.9785
r2 0.9673 0.9695 0.9688 0.9709 0.959 0.9579 0.9567 0.9785
d 0.9922 0.9928 0.992 0.9925 0.9894 0.9892 0.9888 0.9575
c 0.9759 0.9775 0.9764 0.978 0.969 0.9681 0.9672 0.989
MAE -3.37 × 10-5 8.23 × 10-5 -6.8 × 10-5 -2.8 × 10-5 -0.003 -0.0033 -0.0015 -0.0017
SRMSE 0.22 0.21 0.21 0.2 0.24 0.24 0.25 0.25
T4 R 0.9816 0.9802 0.9694 0.9693 0.983 0.983 0.9795 0.9766
r2 0.9635 0.9608 0.9397 0.9395 0.9664 0.9664 0.9595 0.9538
d 0.9923 0.9928 0.9835 0.9835 0.9914 0.9897 0.9896 0.9881
c 0.974 0.9731 0.9534 0.9533 0.9745 0.9729 0.9693 0.965
MAE 0.0017 0.001 0.0133 0.0126 -0.0023 -0.0037 -0.0029 -0.003
SRMSE 0.20 0.20 0.25 0.25 0.19 0.20 0.21 0.22

Table 4 Model Constants (MC) and Validation Parameters (VP) of the Exponential Model for adjustment of the Total Aerial Part Dry Biomass (TAPDB) of A. colubrina in the municipality of Serra Talhada, state of Pernambuco from November 23, 2016 to March 28, 2017, using as the Independent Variable (VI), the Days After Sowing (DAS) and Accumulated Degree-Days (ADD) for the following relative percentages (T): 25%.ET0 (T1), 50%.ET0 (T2), 75%.ET0 (T3) and 100%.ET0 (T4) (p<0.05). 

T1 y0 0.5597 0.5658 T1 R 0.9791 0.9783
a 0.0005 0.0009 r2 0.9587 0.9571
d 0.9999 1
b 0.0615 0.0037 c 0.979 0.9783
MAE 0.021 0.0251
SRMSE 0.08 0.09
T2 y0 - - T2 R 0.9349 0.9365
r2 0.8741 0.8771
a 0.1765 0.2236 d 0.9999 0.9999
c 0.9348 0.9364
b 0.0171 0.001 MAE 0.0034 0.0195
SRMSE 0.13 0.13
T3 y0 - - T3 R 0.9485 0.9474
r2 0.8997 0.8976
a 0.1635 0.2195 d 1 0.9999
c 0.9485 0.9473
b 0.0214 0.0012 MAE 0.0026 -0.073
SRMSE 0.2 0.22
T4 y0 - - T4 R 0.9629 0.9606
r2 0.9272 0.9228
a 0.2257 0.2877 d 0.9976 0.9975
c 0.9606 0.9581
b 0.0171 0.001 MAE -0.006 0.0214
SRMSE 0.12 0.13

The Gaussian, Lorentzian and Log-Normal models express the evolution of the accumulated biomass of the species until reaching the maximum magnitude (parameter “a”), which occurs at a specific plant development time (parameter “x0” (days or °C)). The number of days required to start the maximum biomass is explained by parameter “b” (days or °C). Before this time (“b”) occurs the first phase of growth of the plant characterized by slow growth, which starts at time “x = 0” when the initial biomass is equal to “y0”. From time “x0”, the biomass of the species tends to reduce until the end of the experimental period. This behavior is not observed in the Gompertz model, since the maximum biomass remains constant until the end of the experimental period. In turn, for the exponential model does not present the point of stabilization of the maximum accumulation of biomass.

The highest values of the “a” parameter of the Gaussian, Lorentzian and Log-Normal models occur between the water regimes of 75%.ET0 and 100%.ET0 depending on the model (Table 2). The other parameters (“y0”, “x0” and “b”) did not present a trend as the water regime increased, which may be associated with the intrinsic response of the species to each water availability condition. For the exponential model, there is no trend of changing the parameters according to the variation of the water regime. These results are typical of semiempirical models (Batista et al., 2013).

The efficiency of the models was observed by the Pearson’s correlation coefficient (R) and the coefficient of determination (r2) that reached values higher than 80%, as well as the Willmott concordance index (d) and the performance index proposed by Camargo and Sentelhas (c). For other species, adequate adjustments of Logistic and Gompertz models were observed (Batista et al., 2013; Fernandes et al., 2017). Moreover, a high accuracy of the Gaussian, Lorentzian, Log-Normal, Gompertz and Exponential models were classified as “Excellent” for the TAPDB of the species analyzed on different water regime replenish, where VI DAS and ADD (c>0.85) (Tables 3 and 4).

In some cases, mild overestimations or underestimations were observed using mean absolute error (MAE) and square root mean square error (SRMSE) (Table 3 and 4). In the studies on the initial growth of Prosopis juliflora Sw (DC.), an invasive species and Caesalpinia pyramidalis Tul., a native species, Silva et al. (2015) adjusted several physical models, among them, the Gaussian and Gompertz to estimate dry biomass as a function of water availability. These researchers obtained excellent values for the validation parameters R, d, c, MAE and SRMSE, where the Gompertz model excelled with optimal accuracy (d close to 1) using GDA values.


The short period of water scarcity in the initial growth phase of P. stipulacea and A. colubrina does not affect the establishment of these species, but different water regimes alter their root growth dynamics. The A. colubrina allocates more dry matter to the roots, while P. stipulacea sends more dry matter to the aerial part. The Gaussian, Lorentzian, Log-Normal and Gompertz models had excellent adjustments for the biomass variables of the P. stipulacea species, whereas for A. colubrina, the Exponential model is recommended.


Núcleo de Ecologia e Monitoramento Ambiental (NEMA) — UNIVASF e a Embrapa Semiárido.


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Received: August 09, 2018; Accepted: August 12, 2019

Thieres George Freire da SilvaUnidade Acadêmica de Serra Talhada, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco – UFRPE, Avenida Gregório Ferraz Nogueira, s/n, Serra Talhada, CEP 52171-900, Recife, PE, Brasil e-mail:

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