AbstractSarcotesta, sclerotesta, endosperm and embryo of fresh and old (0 and 3 years, respectively) seeds of the P.R. 6-65 and P.R. 8-65 papaya varieties were separately analyzed by paper chromatography to determine the presence of natural growth inhibitor that might be responsible for the reduction in germination of papaya seeds during storage. The results showed that in the innermost seed parts (embryo and endosperm) endogenous growth promoters were found while the outermost structures (sarcotesta and sclerotesta) contained inhibitors. Therefore, it is possible that the natural growth inhibitors of this seed might be minimized by removing the sarcotesta (the gelatinous envelope) of the seed, which contains the most endogenous growth inhibitors, plus a careful washing to eliminate the soluble inhibitors of the sclerotesta during the extraction of seeds from the fruits.
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