Seed structure and germination in Borassus aethiopum Mart

Collin Myriam, Verdeil Jean-Luc, Wollo Herrol, Lartaud Marc, Kpatenon Mariano Joly, Salako Kolawolé Valère, Adeoti Adéola Zouri-Kifouli, Beulé Thierry. 2019. Seed structure and germination in Borassus aethiopum Mart. . Orsay : s.n., 1 poster EUNOPS 2019 (European Network of Palm Scientists), Orsay, France, 18 May 2019/19 May 2019.

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Abstract : Borassus aethiopum Mart. (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) is a dioecious tree (Fig. 1) endemic to Africa which is widely distributed in savannah regions of the continent (Fig. 2). It is a multipurpose palm playing a prominent socio-economic role in local population (Fig. 3). In Benin, the hypocotyls are exploited for human diet resulting in an intense pressure on natural stands of the species with consequences on regeneration. The lack of information on seed germination and conservation hinders seedling production for sustainable Borassus aethiopum population management. In this context, we have undertaken to first describe the morpho/anatomy and germination behaviour of mature seeds, for the purpose of later addressing the physiological aspects of seed conservation.

Mots-clés libres : Rônier, Borassus aethiopum, Palmier, Graines

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Collin Myriam, IRD (FRA)
  • Verdeil Jean-Luc, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA)
  • Wollo Herrol, UAC (BEN)
  • Lartaud Marc, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA)
  • Kpatenon Mariano Joly, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR DIADE (FRA)
  • Salako Kolawolé Valère, UAC (BEN)
  • Adeoti Adéola Zouri-Kifouli, UAC (BEN)
  • Beulé Thierry, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR DIADE (FRA)

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