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Revista de Ciências Agrárias

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MARQUES, Elizabeth R. et al. Distinction of species and maturation stages of Comanthera spp. by image analysis and flow cytometry. Rev. de Ciências Agrárias [online]. 2019, vol.42, n.1, pp.11-20. ISSN 0871-018X.

Comanthera spp. are perennial and commonly used for ornamentation, of high economic and social value, this fact has compromised the conservation of populations because they are harvested before the maturation of the seeds. The first experiment was carried to verify the efficiency of the image analysis system in the distinction of two Comanthera species at different development stages of inflorescence, as well as the germination potential of the seeds. The second assay was carried out to estimate the nuclear DNA content in the species distinction, establish the appropriate buffer for the isolation of interphase nuclei and investigate the feasibility of using different parts of the plant for analysis by flow cytometry. It was verified that the image analysis system has the potential to differentiate species and development stages of inflorescence of sempre-vivas. The C. elegans species has higher germination values ​​in stages 4 and 5, presenting a head with opening higher than 60%. Leaves, roots and seeds of C. bisulcata, C. elegans and C. nitida can be used for quantification of nuclear DNA by cytometry. The Marie buffer is indicated for the extraction of DNA from leaf and root tissues and the LB01 buffer for seeds.

Keywords : germination; GroundEye®; Syngonanthus spp..

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