Journal of Forestry Research

, 22:611 | Cite as

Seed storage behavior of Knema attenuata, an endemic species of Western Ghats, India

  • Vinayachandra
  • K. R. ChandrashekarEmail author
Original Paper


We performed desiccation and storage trials to better understand storage behavior of Knema attenuata seeds. Mature seeds with moisture content (MC) of 31% exhibited 73% germination. During the period of desiccation (open lab condition) seeds with MC 23% showed 40% germination. After further drying to MC 21% germination was reduced to 16%. Complete loss in viability resulted when seed moisture was reduced to 18%. The seeds stored at -10°C, 0°C, 10°C and 28±2°C (open lab condition) lost their viability within 10 days. Seeds stored in sealed polythene bags and moist sand retained viability for more days than did seeds stored under all other storage conditions. Sensitivity of seeds to lower temperature and desiccation suggest that the storage behavior of K. attenuata seeds is recalcitrant. Seeds stored in moist conditions can, at best, be stored for a period of two months.


desiccation germination Knema attenuata recalcitrant storage viability Vinayachandra 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Applied BotanyMangalore UniversityMangaloreIndia

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