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Bigleaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla King) seeds in Taiwan exhibit orthodox storage behaviour

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The storage behaviour of Swietenia macrophylla King seeds (Meliaceae) was studied. Seeds that were dried to 3.7% moisture content and stored at 3°C for two years had a 82.7% germination. The two-year stored seeds were then transferred to −196°C and −20°C for continued storage for another one and two years, respectively. Result showed that seeds stored at either −20°C or −196°C retained their original germinability. Thus, seeds of S. macrophylla harvested in Taiwan exhibit orthodox storage behaviour.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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