Macaw palm


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(Bot.) a tropical American palm (Acrocomia fusiformis and other species) having a prickly stem and pinnately divided leaves. Its nut yields a yellow butter, with the perfume of violets, which is used in making violet soap. Called also grugru palm.

See also: Macaw

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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.
Among the mechanical properties relevant to the study of the dynamic behavior of the macaw palm fruit-rachilla system, the modulus of elasticity of the rachilla is of utmost importance, as a material, which undergoes elastic deformation when subjected to tension.
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.
Thus, indices referring to the biological activity (BA) of the pulp of macaw palm fruits were generated.
Another characteristic of this family is related to the dormancy mechanism of several species, which causes germination to occur slowly and unevenly, as is seen for macaw palm.
To our knowledge, no information regarding methods for increasing the speed of and standardizing the process for the germination of macaw palm seeds is available.
Seed germination and estimates of genetic parameters of promising macaw palm (Acrocomia aculeata) progenies for biofuel production.
The potential of macaw palm (Acrocomia aculeata) as source of biodiesel in Brazil.
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.
Gibberellic acids (GAs) promote the germination of macaw palm seeds, indicating the existence of physiological dormancy (RIBEIRO et al.