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Evaluation of Criteria for Selection of Seed Coconuts

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M. R. T. WICKRAMARATNE ,

COCOS, LK
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Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila
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RICHARD COE,

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University of Reading, England
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SUNEETHA FERNANDO

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Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila
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Abstract

Criteria for the selection of seednuts from selected coconut palms were investigated
and found to be unsatisfactory. Nuts should not be rejected on the basis of size, quantity
of nut water or shape. Identification of nuts as empty (devoid of nut water)
or immature and therefore unlikely to germinate are also often inaccurate. None of
the variables measured had a strong enough relationship with germination to enable them
to be used as a basis for more efficient seednut selection. It seems advisable to dispense
with seednut selection and lay all nuts harvested from the selected palms in the nursery.
Selection of seedlings in the nursery should, of course, be carried out subsequently,
as usual.

doi: 10.4038/cocos.v5i0.2044

COCOS 1987 Vol.5 No.1 1-7

How to Cite: WICKRAMARATNE, M.R.T., COE, R. & FERNANDO, S., (2010). Evaluation of Criteria for Selection of Seed Coconuts. COCOS. 5, pp.1–7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cocos.v5i0.2044
Published on 06 Jul 2010.
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