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.
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 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.