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About the journal


Basic Information


Pesquisa Agropecuária Tropical (PAT), e-ISSN 1983-4063, is a scientific journal published by the Escola de Agronomia/Universidade Federal de Goiás, in Goiânia, Goiás state, Brazil. It was created to register and share results originating from pioneer researches, especially those about Agricultural Sciences, carried out in the central region of Brazil. Since 1971, when it was called Anais da Escola de Agronomia e Veterinária, it has played a relevant role in the dissemination of scientific experiments, which show an evolution in the agricultural activities developed in the region. For that reason, the PAT's mission is "to promote the development of the agricultural research in the tropics".

It is a journal that aims at publishing original scientific articles with direct application in the tropical agriculture.

It follows the continuous publication model, with one annual volume, without numbering.

Its abbreviated title is Pesq. Agropec. Trop., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.



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  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • BIOSIS Previews
  • Biological Abstracts
  • CAB Abstracts
  • FSTA - Food Science and Technology Abstracts
  • AGRIS-FAO - International Information System for the Agricultural Science and Technology
  • Redalyc - Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal
  • AGROBASE-MAPA, Brasil - Base de Dados da Agricultura Brasileira
  • Capes, MEC - Portal Periódicos
  • DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
  • RoMEO
  • Scirus - for Scientific Information Only
  • Open J-Gate
  • Open Archives Harvester2
  • Latindex
  • OAIster
  • Elsevier
  • Ebsco Publishing
  • Scholar Google
  • Sumarios.Org


Intellectual Property

  All contents of the journal, except where identified, are licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY  



  • Pró-Reitoria de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação da Universidade Federal de Goiás (Proapupec/UFG)
  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)

  • Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (Capes)




Editorial Board



  • Luis Carlos Cunha Junior, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil,

Assistant Editor

  • Gilson Pedro Borges, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil,

Associate Edit

  • Adriano Stephan Nascente, Embrapa Arroz e Feijão, Santo Antônio de Goiás, GO, Brasil,
  • Alexsander Seleguini, Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (UFTM), Iturama, MG, Brasil,
  • Ali Raza, Oil Crops Research Institute (OCRI), Wuhan, Hubei, China,
  • Antônio Cordeiro de Santana, Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia (UFRA), Belém, PA, Brasil,
  • Antonio Nolla, Universidade Estadual de Maringá (UEM), Umuarama, PR, Brasil,
  • Cláudia Sales Marinho, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro (UENF), Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brasil,
  • Cristina Batista de Lima, Universidade Estadual do Norte do Paraná (UENP), Bandeirantes, PR, Brasil,
  • Daniel Felipe de Oliveira Gentil, Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM), Manaus, AM, Brasil,
  • Elena Castillo-Lorenzo, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, London, United Kingdom,
  • Elisabete Tavares Lacerda de Figueiredo Oliveira, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal,
  • Érico de Campos Dianese, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil,
  • Evandro Novaes, Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLa), Lavras, MG, Brasil,
  • Fábio Venturoli, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil,
  • Fernando Cesar Bauer, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, SC, Brasil,
  • Francielo Vendruscolo, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil,
  • Gilberto de Oliveira Mendes, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU), Monte Carmelo, MG, Brasil,
  • Ítalo Moraes Rocha Guedes, Embrapa Hortaliças, Brasília, DF, Brasil,
  • Janivan Fernandes Suassuna, Universidade Federal do Amapá (Unifap), Mazagão, AP, Brasil,
  • Jean Carlo Possenti, Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR), Dois Vizinhos, PR, Brasil,
  • Jeane Dayse Veloso dos Santos Pulici, University of Florida (UFL), Lake Alfred, FL, United States of America,
  • José de Ribamar Nazareno Anjos, Embrapa Cerrados, Planaltina, DF, Brasil,
  • Lilian Elgalise Techio Pereira, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Pirassununga, SP, Brasil,
  • Lori Phillips, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Harrow, Ontario, Canada,
  • Luis Eduardo Akiyoshi Sanches Suzuki, Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel), Pelotas, RS, Brasil,
  • Marco Antonio Aparecido Barelli, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso (Unemat), Cáceres, MT, Brasil,
  • Marcos Botton, Embrapa Uva e Vinho, Bento Gonçalves, RS, Brasil,
  • Marcos Milan, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ), Piracicaba, SP, Brasil,
  • Maria Ligia de Souza Silva, Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLa), Lavras, MG, Brasil,
  • Mauro Brasil Dias Tofanelli, Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, PR, Brasil,
  • Neumárcio Vilanova da Costa, Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná (Unioeste), Marechal Cândido Rondon, PR, Brasil,
  • Paola Mendes Milanesi, Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul (UFFS), Erechim, RS, Brasil,
  • Paulo Sergio Pavinato, Universidade de São Paulo Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ), Piracicaba, SP, Brasil,
  • Rhuanito Soranz Ferrarezi, University of Florida (UFL), Fort Pierce, FL, United States of America,
  • Surendran Udayar Pillai, Center for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM), Calicut, Kerala, India,
  • Tadeu Vinhas Voltolini, Embrapa Semiárido, Petrolina, PE, Brasil,
  • Tathiana Elisa Masetto, Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados (UFGD), Dourados, MS, Brasil,
  • Victor Arlindo Taveira de Matos, Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Mato Grosso (IFMT), Campo Verde, MT, Brasil,
  • Victor Augusto Forti, Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), Araras, SP, Brasil,


Editorial Comission

  • Derblai Casaroli, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil,
  • Jaqueline Magalhães Pereira, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil,
  • Luis Carlos Cunha Junior, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil,
  • Mara Rúbia Rocha, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil,
  • Mellissa Ananias Soler da Silva, Embrapa Arroz e Feijão, Santo Antônio de Goiás - GO, Brasil,
  • Rogério de Araújo Almeida, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil,
  • Sybelle Barreira, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil,
  • Virgínia Damin, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil,


Editorial Production

  • Gilson Pedro Borges - Escola de Agronomia, Universidade Federal de Goiás (EA/UFG), Goiânia, GO, Brasil.,



Instructions to authors


Scope and Policy


The journal aims mainly to publish researches in the Agrarian Sciences field, covering sub-areas such as Agronomy; Agricultural, Forestry and Food Engineering; Rural Development and related areas; as long as they are closely related to the context of agriculture.

In the submission process, initially, the system sends an e-mail to the correspondent author, acknowledging the submission of the manuscript and generating a protocol number. This editorial review process can only begin if the manuscript follows all the established norms. Otherwise, papers may be returned for corrections.

Papers in accordance with the Instructions to Authors section will be submitted to similarity detection software and analyzed by the Editorial Board, which will decide if the editorial process will continue or not, considering the following: i) specific adequacy to the scope of the journal; ii) novelty and clarity in title, objectives and conclusions (evaluation of potential impact or interest that the study may arouse in the scientific community); iii) methodological robustness (assessment of the adequacy of the research design and data analysis); iv) evidence of results supporting the conclusions; and v) quality of textual composition. Manuscripts that do not adhere to the editorial policy will be returned to authors, even before going through a technical-scientific analysis. Papers refused due to textual composition structure can be re-structured and submitted again.

Papers approved by the Editorial Board will have their scientific value assessed by two or three peer reviewers specialized in the subject, here named ad hoc consultants or referees. Authors' identities will not be revealed to peer reviewers and vice versa. These referees are chosen by the Editor or the Editorial Board, among recognized researchers in the specific area of each paper, preferably those not affiliated with the authors' institutions.

After analyzing the manuscript, each referee can choose one of the following options: i) Recommended with mandatory changes/corrections; ii) Recommended; or iii) Not recommended. In his/her report, or in the manuscript itself, the reviewer has total freedom to suggest changes, corrections, omit or add text and sections, to point out ambiguous, redundant, incoherent descriptions, inappropriate use of terminology or to request more detailed explanations. The PAT Editorial Board always encourages its reviewers to provide constructive criticism, concerning the analyzed papers. Thus, reviewers are requested to maintain a respectful tone in their observations, criticisms and suggestions. They are also requested, with respect to authors and their unpublished scientific discoveries, to give a feedback within three weeks, or other deadline accorded with the Editors.

In order to preserve credibility and, at the same time, avoid any embarrassment, the PAT Editorial Board requests that referees, before beginning their analysis of a manuscript, consider the possibility of a conflict of interest. This may include, for example, a regular research collaboration with the possible authors (e.g.: publications), an adviser/advisee relationship; a commercial interest in the publication; family ties; involvement in the study; or any impediment to an unbiased evaluation. In this case, the referee is requested to return the manuscript to the Editor immediately, expressing the impossibility of analyzing it.

The decision of accepting or not a paper for publishing is based, fundamentally, on the recommendations made by the peer reviewer system. Complete copies of all reports, with the referees' identities omitted, will be sent to the correspondent author. If the manuscript is submitted to only two referees, and one is favorable to publish it, while the other is not, then a third reviewer is invited to analyze it. If the majority of the reports are not favorable, the paper will be archived.

If there is a predominance of favorable reports, the decision is for publishing the paper. However, that will only happen provided the editorial or technical recommendations be accepted or properly justified. A manuscript is rarely accepted without recommendations for improvement. Thus, it is important to authors to understand that requests for changes, nearly always, can improve the quality of their work, and that this kind of request is usual in high quality periodicals. For that reason, they should not take referees' comments, or even editors' corrections, personally. But if they disagree with any of them, they should prepare a written justification, scientifically based, to be sent to the Editor, along with the revised version. That will happen within the deadline agreed with the editors, otherwise, the paper will be archived. If there is any kind of justification, it will be analyzed by editors, which may send them to the respective referees.

After the analysis of the revised version, if the editorial and content suggestions have been properly incorporated or contested, the paper is definitely accepted for publishing and enters the editorial phase. Otherwise, it will be returned to authors for a new revision, and may be archived, if the proposed changes are not fully met or properly justified, within the stipulated period. Once more, the PAT Editorial Board assures authors the right to disagree with the suggestions presented. However, justifications without a solid technical and scientific basis will be rejected.

In the journal editorial process, the Editor may carry out small changes in the authors' texts to speed up the publication process. However, before making them available on-line, a copy is sent to authors, for proofreading. In this phase, major changes can no longer be incorporated. It is, thus, recommended that authors carefully read their texts, highlighting errors and corrections to be made.

Publication ethics: the PAT journal supports and follows the principles and standards recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), available at



Form and preparation of manuscripts


The journal publishes original Scientific Articles directly related totropical agriculture. The submission of Research Notes is not accepted and Review Articles are only published at the request of the Editorial Board. It is also not accepted the submission of manuscripts already published in conference proceedings or deposited on preprint servers.

Submissions are free of charge and made only on-line, through the website

All authors must register on the system and express, through the correspondent author, their agreement concerning the submission, editorial policy, and norms for publication in the PAT journal. For that, all authors must sign a document which must be submitted as a supplementary file by the correspondent author (if authors live in different cities, more than one document can be submitted as a supplementary file by the correspondent author).

The PAT Journal recommends a maximum of 5 (five) authors per article. For more than that, a detailed description of each author's contribution must be sent to the Editorial Board (note: the mere participation in data collection, or support of infrastructural nature, does not justify authorship, although may be credited in the Acknowledgments section). After the submission, the inclusion of new co-authors will not be allowed.

While submitting a manuscript, the correspondent author must also attest, in the name of all authors, the originality of the paper, that it is not being submitted simultaneously to other periodicals, and that they are in accordance with the format required for files, as well as with the copyright policies which will be applied if the manuscript is published. For researches dealing directly with animals or human beings as their main focus, a previous approval from an Ethics in Research Committee should be presented. Moreover, the author must enter the called metadata (information about the authors and the paper, such as title, abstract, keywords - only in the idiom of the manuscript), and transfer the files with the manuscript and supplementary files.

Manuscripts may be written in Portuguese or English, but will only be published in English. The final version of the manuscript must be reviewed by an English language specialist (preferably a native speaker). This process must be carried out by the authors, without any onus for the journal.

Submissions may contain up to 18 pages. The text must be written using Microsoft Word for Windows (maximum size of 2MB, .doc version), A-4 paper size (210 x 297 mm), with 2.5 cm margins, single column, double spaced (also applied to tables, headers, footers and references). The font should be Times New Roman, 12 points. Underlining and bold characters should be avoided, as well as acronyms, and all pages and lines must be numbered. Manuscripts submitted to PAT must also obey the following specifications:

1. Scientific Articles must be organized in the following order: title (20 words maximum); abstract (up to 250 words; a good abstract first presents the problem and then the objectives of the study); keywords (three words minimum, five words maximum, separated by commas); Introduction; Material and Methods; Results and Discussion; Conclusions; and References. Title, abstract and keywords may be presented only in the idiom of the manuscript, at this stage. Acknowledgements and information related to the title of papers, as well as the authors' names, along with their respective affiliation, address and e-mail address, detailed in numbered footnotes, must only be inserted in the final corrected version of the manuscript, after it is definitively accepted for publishing.

2. The citations must use the "author-year" system. Only the first letter of the author's last name should be capitalized, and the author and year are separated by a single empty space. E.g.: (Gravena 1984, Zucchi 1985). The "&" symbol is used for two authors, and "et al." for three or more. E.g.: (Gravena & Zucchi 1987, Zucchi et al. 1988). If the author is mentioned directly in the text, just the year comes inside parenthesis. Secondary citations should be avoided, as well as the following sources:  article in a preliminary version (in press or preprint) or from a serial publication that is not peer-reviewed; summary of a paper presented in a scientific event; oral communication; information from poster sessions or panel discussions at a scientific event; private communications of unpublished documents; e-mails; or private sites on the Internet.

3. References must be arranged by listing the authors' last name in alphabetical order, according to the NBR 6023:2018 norm, written by the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT), with the following adjustment: it is not necessary to include the city after journal titles. Italics must be used to highlight titles and periodical titles cited in full.

4. Tables (also using Times New Roman 12 points and double spaced) and figures, placed along the text,must be identified by Arabic numerals and always be referred in the text by these numbers. Tables must be drawn in black and white, using single lines, 0.5 point thickness (Microsoft Word for Windows standard), and their footnotes must be numbered. Terms such as "the table above" or "the figure below" must not be used. Figures should be presented with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

5. The Board of Editors recommends that authors always take a look at the articles recently published by PAT (, in order to solve doubts about these instructions.

6. Authors will not be paid for published articles and must waive their copyright in favor of the PAT journal. On the other hand, they are solely responsible for the content of those articles, even if the Editor holds the right to adjust them to the norms of the journal. Authors are allowed to publish their articles simultaneously in their institutional repositories, as soon as the original publication at the PAT journal is mentioned. In addition, in order to ensure the preservation, allow the reuse and attest the reproducibility of the conclusions of each published study, the Editorial Board recommends and encourages the publication in public repositories, by the authors, of research data and/or programming codes used in the data analysis, emphasizing their relation to the publication at the PAT journal.





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  Submissions are made only on-line, through the website, where all guidelines are available.  



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