Vaidya, Kisan R.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Life Sciences
Conservation of ackee (Blighia sapida) seed: Emergence response following several seed storage regimes
Jamaican Journal of Science and Technology
Date of Publication
The objective of this study was to develop a simple method of avoiding rapid desiccation of ackee (Blighia sapida) seeds. Maintenance of viability is essential in the long distance transportation of the germplasm or breeding material. Several seed storage methods were tried in order to find the most appropriate for the maintenance of viability. Seed storage methods included: (1) storage of seeds in dry or moist sawdust; (2) storage with and without inact arils and kept on benches at room temperature; (3) seed stored in imbibed conditions in- citric acid, coumarin, indole acetic acid (IAA), and distilled water; ans (4) seeds stored in polythene bags in cool condition (4º - 8º C). Experiments were conducted over two years. Results of these experiments indicated that rapid desiccation of ackee seed could be avoided and viability of seeds can be maintained by keeping the seeds in moist sawdust. This practice could be used for long distance transportation of ackee germplasm and breeding materials in and from Jamaica.....