The Macaw palm is in the process of domestication (Domiciano et al., 2015), and studies aiming the genetic improvement of this species have been carried out in Brazilian research centers.
Thus, the identification of macaw palm accessions that present better agronomic characteristics constitutes an important step in the improvement of the species cultivation.
Seed germination and estimates of genetic parameters of promising macaw palm (Acrocomia aculeata) progenies for biofuel production.
Molecular characterization and population structure of the macaw palm, Acrocomia aculeata (Arecaceae), ex situ germplasm collection using microsatellites markers.
Owing to the difficulty of reaching the macaw palm
clusters, fruit is harvested by cutting the bunches with a scythe and catching them in a surrounding net as they fall to the ground, or picking up the detached fruit from the ground.
Acrocomia aculeata, popularly known as macaw palm
, is considered as a promising crop to compose the Brazilian bioenergetic matrix, since its fruits have high contents of oil with the adequate quality for the production of biofuels (Hiane et al., 2005).
TABLE 1: Wet weight, dry weight and fresh weight of macaw palm
The macaw palm
[Acrocomia aculeata (Jacq.) Loddiges ex Mart.], which is also known as bocaiuva, coco de espinha, macauva, marcova and mucaja, is a native palm tree in tropical forests.
The macauba (macaw palm
), Acrocomia aculeata (Jacq.) Lodd.
Among many emergent species with great potential for biofuel production, the macaw palm
(Acrocomia aculeata) is considered as a promising crop for raw material in biodiesel production.
) is an oleaginous palm tree that is native to the tropical Americas and has a wide geographical distribution; it is especially common in south-eastern Brazil (LORENZI et al., 2004; MOTTA et al., 2002).
(Acrocomia aculeata [Jacq.] Loddiges ex Mart.), also known as bocaiuva, coco-de-espinha, macauva, marcova or mucaja, can grow up to 10 to 15 meters and has petiolated 4-meter-long leaves clustered on the top of the trunk.