Desiccation and storage temperatures response of Prosopis nigra (Grisebach) Hieron. and Ziziphus mistol Griseb. germplasm
[en] Long term ex situ conservation depends on seeds response to desiccation and storage temperatures. This was the objective of this work. Moisture content (MC) of fresh seeds was assessed in oven at 103 Celsius degrade weighting the samples at regular intervals till constant weight. Seed tolerance to desiccation and temperatures was evaluated with 5 germination experiments: fresh seeds (10-12%MC); 3-5% MC and 3-5% MC stored 3 months at 25, 5 y -20 Celsius degrade, in two treatments: control and scarification. Moisture content was 11% in both species. In P. nigra seed germination was higher than 80% in scarified seeds in all experiments. Germination in the control seeds decreased with desiccation and storage. The storage temperature did not affect germination. The Z. mistol germination of fresh endocarps was low (<35%) and increased with the reduction in MC. In summary, P. nigra and Z. mistol are tolerant to desiccation and storage temperatures tested and can therefore be considered as probably orthodox.