During germination and development of corn seeds the metabolic flow is intense, the synthesis and degradation of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and hydrolysis of starch, besides to the decrease in abscisic acid (ABA) concentration are some of the major events. High concentrations of exogenous glucose are believed to promote accumulation of ABA, causing delay in the germination and development of seedlings, while lower concentrations stimulated the germination and development. In our studies it was verified that 800 µM glucose stimulated the germination and initial development of the common corn genotype and delayed severely or softly for sweet corn (su1) genotypes, probably due to different glucose endogenous concentrations of each genotype. It was also verified that 1.2 ηM insulin was capable to stimulate the development for the common corn and sweet H43IN genotypes and did not affect HDC sweet genotype development. These events may have happened due to metabolic differences in the mutants. When insulin and glucose were added to the medium, addictive effects on the development were observed. These results suggest that both insulin and glucose have strong influence on germination and development of corn seeds.
glucose; insulin; seed germination; seedling development; (Zea maize L.) sweet corn (Su1)