Germination of coffee seed treated with medicinal plants
The aim of this study was to evaluate the germination of coffee seeds treated with medicinal plants during storage alternatively the use of chemicals. Coffee (Coffea arabica L. seeds, Catuaí Vermelho IAC 44) were treated with herbs (rosemary, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, basil, ginger, horsetail, basil) with mancozeb and control treatment. During storage of the seeds in kraft paper bags in natural environment, seed germination was evaluated at 0, 3 and 6 months. Treatments with rosemary and garlic helped maintain seed germination, as mancozeb within six months as opposed to the control treatment where the germination percentage was below 70%, which is the minimum required by law for the marketing of seed coffee. This result indicated the possibility of using medicinal plants in coffee seed production process alternatively the use of toxic substances to human health and the environment as mancozeb.
Ribeiro, M.F., Araújo, E.F., Pinto, C.L.O., Araújo, R.F. and Ribeiro, M.R.F. (2018). Germination of coffee seed treated with medicinal plants. Acta Hortic. 1198, 59-62
storage, Coffea arabica L., quality