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Cuttings of post fire epicormic shoots of Ilex paraguariensis and Cabralea canjerana adult plants/Resgate de arvores adultas de erva-mate e canjerana por estaquia de brotos epicormicos de rebrota pos-fogo.


The seedling, seed and forest nursery sector has been growing since 1996, due to increased recovery of degraded areas, pressure from consumer countries for certified wood and forest replacement requirements (REMADE, 2007), which have led to a considerable increase in the demand for quality seedlings. The forest code also prescribes that in the case of forest replacement, priority should be given to native species of the same biome where the elimination occurred (BRASIL, 2012), but the difficulty of producing seedlings in sufficient quantities has been a limiting factor to meet the demand for ecological restoration programs (SANTARELLI, 2004).

Tree species present a high rate of cross-pollination, due to their heterozygous behavior, which leads to high genetic variability between and within progenies (FERRARI et al., 2004). In this case, the propagation by seeds provides seedlings that don't have uniformity (relative to seedling height and diameter) and subject to low genetic quality, which can be detrimental to the uniformity and productivity of stands. In addition, production of seedlings is hampered in species that have low seed availability or present seeds that are dormant or recalcitrant to storage, which is the case of erva mate (Ilexparaguariensis St. Hil.) seeds, which present integumentary and embryonic dormancy and of canjerana (Cabralea canjerana Vell. Mart.), which are recalcitrant and lose viability after 10 days of processing (LONGHI, 1995). Erva mate has an important socio-economic role in several municipalities in southern Brazil, related to marketing of leaves and branches used for the preparation of mate and teas (WENDLING et al., 2007). Canjerana is considered one of the most valuable timbers in southern Brazil, especially because of its high durability when exposed to weather and good workability (BACKES & IRGANG, 2009), in addition to providing by-products for the manufacture of dyes and perfumes and serving as raw material for medicines and extracts with insecticide action (CARVALHO, 2003).

To work around seminal seedling production problems, cuttings of selected adult trees have been investigated, although without much success. This is due to the high degree of plant maturity, making adventitious root induction difficult or impossible (PIJUT et al., 2011). However, recalcitrance to rooting is a feature that may be reversible (HACKETT & MURRAY, 1993) by the use of some strategies such as micropropagation, plant growth inhibitors, serial propagation, successive pruning and regrowth (BITENCOURT et al., 2009; WENDLING et al., 2014). Epicormic shoots from lateral buds from the base of the plant have been used for the propagation of some tree species (PIJUT et al., 2011; WENDLING et al., 2013), enabling the rescue of adult plants that present difficult rooting.

Considering the importance of seedling juvenility for increasing the rooting capacity, this study aimed to evaluate the possibility of rescuing adult erva mate and canjerana trees by cuttings from post-fire epicormic shoots.


The experiments were carried out in the greenhouse, in the period from May to August 2010. Vegetal material consisted of post-fire epidormic shoots of 20 erva mate trees and 10 canjerana trees, about 20 years old, established in native stands in the experimental area of the UFSM campus. The fire was superficial, reaching the litter and damaging the aerial part (trunk and canopy) of individuals of all species that presented diameter at breast height less than 10cm. Ten months after the accidental passage of fire, which occurred in July 2009, we collected the post-fire shoots from the collar of the plants.

In one experiment, the epicormic shoots of erva mate were sectioned into cuttings with one bud, keeping a leaf cut in half. All portions of the shoots were used. The base of the cuttings was immersed in solution containing 0, 4000 or 8000mg [L.sup.-1] indolbutyric acid (IBA), for 10 seconds, and grown in trays of 128 cells (26.5mL per cell) containing carbonized rice husk, vermiculite and coarse sand (particles between 1.0 and 3.0mm). For the preparation of the IBA solution, auxin was previously dissolved in 50% ethyl alcohol (96[degrees]GL) and diluted in 50% distilled water. The control treatment consisted only of distilled water and alcohol in a proportion of 1:1 (v/v).

The experiment was a 3x3 factorial (concentrations of IBA and substrate type) in a completely randomized design, with five replicates of five cuttings. At 90 days of growth, the number and length (cm) of roots and the percentages of survival, rooting, callus and sprouting were evaluated.

In another experiment, epicormic shoots of canjerana were sectioned into cuttings with one bud and one leaf cut in half, which were classified with regard to position of shoot collection (basal, median and apical) and treated or not with 6000mg [L.sup.-1] of IBA, for 10 seconds. The cuttings were arranged in polyethylene trays (55x34x15cm) containing commercial substrate of pine bark and coarse sand (3:2 v/v). This type of container was chosen because of the difficulty of assessing canjerana roots formed in styrofoam trays, due to the damage caused to the roots during samples collection.

The experiment was a 3x2 factorial (cutting positions and concentration of IBA) in a completely randomized design, with ten replicates of three cuttings. At 90 days of cultivation, the percentages of survival, rooting and sprouting and the number and length of shoots and roots (cm) were evaluated.

Cuttings were kept in a wet chamber with sprinkler irrigation system, with relative humidity at approximately 85% and an average temperature of 27[degrees]C. The data were submitted to analysis of variance and means were compared by Tukey's test at 5% probability. For statistical analysis, the percentage data were transformed to arcsin [square root of (x/100)] and the count data to [square root of (x + 0,5)].


There was significant interaction between the concentrations of IBA and the type of substrate for the percentages of rooting, survival and sprouting of erva mate cuttings (Table 1), but there was no interaction between these factors for the number and length of roots and percentage of calli (Table 2) at 90 days of cultivation, which is why the results are presented separately. Erva mate cuttings treated with 8000mg [L.sup.-1] of IBA and planted in sand presented a higher percentage of rooting and lower percentage of sprouting at 90 days of growth (Table 1).

Auxins are commonly employed for rooting of cuttings of tree species, since they provide increased percentage, speed, quality and uniformity of rooting (RISTOW et al., 2010); although, in some cases, they can promote the inhibition of adventitious shoots formation (FERREIRA, 2009). Substrate plays an important role in rooting. In this study, the combination of 8000mg [L.sup.-1] of IBA and growth in sand resulted in the highest percentage of rooted cuttings (Table 1). Sand is a substrate with high porosity and low water retention capacity (WADE et al., 2002), enabling greater availability of oxygen at the base of cuttings, with increased cellular activity in the process of root formation (HARTMANN et al., 2011). In addition, sand is more dense compared with carbonized rice husk and vermiculite thus it better supports cuttings, an important feature in vegetative propagation (KAMPF, 2004).

The different concentrations of IBA did not significantly influence the number of roots formed or length (Table 2). However, callus percentage was affected both by IBA and the type of substrate used. The greatest callus formation occurred in cuttings not treated with IBA, with a decreasing tendency as the concentration of auxin increased to 8000mg [L.sup.-1], regardless of the substrate used (Table 2). The use of auxin during adventitious rooting increases the formation of calli, in addition to inducing root formation (PIJUT et al., 2011), which was not observed in this study. There was an antagonistic relationship between the rooting and callus formation, suggesting that these processes compete for assimilates, since the greatest rooting responses generally occurred in treatments with lower callus formation (Tables 1 and 2). A similar result occurred in study on micropropagation of erva mate, where an inverse relation was observed between rooting of apical cuttings and callus formation (HORBACK et al., 2011). With regard to the effect of substrate on callus formation, the fact that there was decreased callus formation when erva mate cuttings were grown in sand indicated the superiority of this substrate, since the absence of calli has been cited as a factor in the formation of adventitious roots (MACHADO et al., 2013).

Application of IBA did not affect the survival of erva mate cuttings grown in carbonized rice husk or vermiculite; however, the use of 8000mg [L.sup.-1] IBA favored survival when grown in sand (Table 1). This result may be related to a greater rooting response for this treatment, because dehydration is one of the main causes of cuttings death, since the absence of roots prevents the absorption of water, while the leaves and shoots continue to lose water by transpiration (LIMA et al., 2011). Even with the variations between the substrates evaluated, there was a high percentage of survival of cuttings of erva mate (Table 1), demonstrating that environmental factors, such as humidity and temperature in the rooting environment were satisfactorily controlled and suitable for the species.

In the experiment with canjerana cuttings, there was a significant interaction between the shoot collection position and concentration of IBA for the number and length of shoots (Table 3); however, there was no significant interaction between these factors for survival and rooting percentage and number and length of roots (Table 4). Basal cuttings treated with 6000mg [L.sup.-1] of IBA presented a higher number of shoots, differing significantly from other treatments (Table 3), in addition to greater responses of survival and rooting and greater number and length of roots (Table 4).

Use of auxin and the predisposition to differentiate roots are important factors that must be considered in rooting, since tissues obtained from the same plant often have different responses to auxin treatment (PIJUT et al., 2011). Throughout the sprouting process, there may be differences in the content of carbohydrates, amino acids and other substances that serve as energy reserves required for the morphogenetic responses (HARTMANN et al., 2011). This is because, generally, the shoots are thicker at the basal region and become thinner toward the apical end, and the reserve content may change with the collection position. In addition, it was observed that the application of IBA reduced the survival of cuttings of canjerana and, with the exception of medium cuttings, also reduced the length of shoots formed with greater responses in cuttings untreated with IBA (Tables 3 and 4). The application of exogenous auxins favors adventitious rooting, but this response only occurs up to a maximum dose, after which there is an inhibitory effect on root formation (NIENOW et al., 2010).

Change from the juvenile to the mature phase results from the expression of certain genes at specific times in the life cycle of woody species, or in response to environmental or intrinsic signals. The loss of adventitious rooting competence related to maturation is a limiting factor in clonal forestry, since many traits or desirable characteristics are expressed only in adult plants (PIJUT et al., 2011). With the development of production technologies for seedlings by vegetative propagation, cuttings have been employed primarily for the rescue of genotypes in the field, with subsequent use of the minicutting technique for mass cloning of plants (WADE et al., 2007).

Results of this study indicated that it is possible to rescue erva mate and canjerana adult plants by post-fire shoot cuttings from the tissue differentiation of buds from the stem collar of the tree. Rooting percentage of erva mate cuttings ranged from 13.0 to 44.2%, while for canjerana, rooting ranged from 0 to 5.1%. Plants obtained from these adult plants can be established in clonal garden for production of plantlets by serial minicutting. Serial propagation methods can promote reinvigoration or rejuvenation (WENDLING et al., 2014), which could encourage the mass production of plantlets of erva mate and canjerana.


Cuttings from post-fire epicormic shoots can be used for the rescue of adult plants of erva mate and canjerana. Erva mate cuttings treated with 8000mg [L.sup.-1] of IBA and planted in coarse sand have a higher percentage of rooting. Canjerana cuttings obtained from the basal portion of the shoots present greater survival and rooting than those from the median and apical portions. 10.1590/0103-8478cr20151287

Received 09.10.15

Approved 10.26.16

Returned by the author 12.05.16 CR-2015-1287


The authors thank Coordenacao de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior (CAPES) and Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico (CNPq) for granting research scholarships.


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Dilson Antonio Bisognin (1) * Kelen Haygert Lencina (2) Paula Kielse (1) Frederico Dimas Fleig (3) Ronilda Silveira (2) Eliseo Salvatierra Gimenes (4)

(1) Departamento de Fitotecnia, Centro de Ciencias Rurais (CCR), Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM), 97105- 900, Santa Maria, RS, Brasil. E-mail: 'Corresponding author.

(2) Programa de Pos-graduacao em Engenharia Florestal, Centro de Ciencias Rurais (CCR), Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM), Santa Maria, RS, Brasil.

(3) Departamento de Ciencias Florestais, Centro de Ciencias Rurais (CCR), Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM), Santa Maria, RS, Brasil.

(4) Instituto Federal de Ciencia e Tecnologia Farroupilha (IFFar), Santa Maria, RS, Brasil.
Table 1--Percentage of survival, rooting and sprouting of cuttings
from post-fire epicormic shoots of erva mate treated with different
concentrations of indolebutiric acid (IBA) and grown in different
substrates for 90 days.

Substrates         Doses of IBA (mg [L.sup.-1])    Mean

                    0          4000       8000
Survival percentage

Rice husk (1)   89.8 Aa (2)   89.8 Aa    89.8 Aa   89.8
Vermiculite     89.8 Aa       89.8 Aa    84.2 Aa   87.9
Coarse sand     80.9 Bb       78.1 Bb    87.7 Aa   82.2
Mean            86.8          85.9       87.2
CV (%)          8.2

Rooting percentage

Rice husk       13.0 Ba       21.9 Aab   25.2 Ab   20.0
Vermiculite     23.3 Aa       29.7 Aa    21.6 Ab   24.9
Coarse sand     15.6 Ba       17.9 Ba    44.2 Aa   25.9
Mean            17.3          23.2       30.3
CV (%)          22.3

Sprouting percentage

Rice husk       85.6 Aa       80.2 Aa    68.6 Aa   78.1
Vermiculite     89.8 Aa       88.1 Aa    69.4 Ba   82.4
Coarse sand     89.8 Aa       82.0 Aa    49.3 Bb   73.7
Mean            88.4          83.4       62.4
CV (%)          2.2

(1) Carbonized rice husk.

(2) Means followed by the same letter, uppercase in the horizontal
and lowercase in the vertical, do not differ by Tukey test
(P [less than or equal to] 0.05).

Table 2--Callus percentage, and number and length of roots of
cuttings from post-fire epicormic shoots of erva mate treated with
different concentrations of indolebutiric acid (IBA) and grown in
different substrates for 90 days.

Treatments      Number of   Length of      Callus
                  roots     roots (cm)   percentage

IBA (mg
0               1.1 b (1)   0.90 a       74.1 a
4000            1.3 ab      0.95 a       69.5 a
8000            1.5 a       0.87 a       58.7 b
Carbonized      1.2 a       0.86 a       66.7 ab
  rice husk
Vermiculite     1.4 a       0.92 a       73.9 a
Coarse sand     1.3 a       0.94 a       61.5 b
Means           1.3         0.89         67.2
CV (%)          40.1        19.4         27.3

(1) Means followed by the same letter do not differ by Tukey test
(P [less than or equal to] 0.05).

Table 3--Number and length of cuttings from the basal, median and
apical portions of epicormic post-fire shoots of canjerana treated or
not with 6000mg [L.sup.-1] of indolebutiric acid (IBA) at 90 days of

                    Number of shoots                Length of
                                                   shoots (cm)

Collection   0mg [L.sup.-1]   6000mg [L.sup.-1]   0mg [L.sup.-1]
Basal           0.3 Ab (1)         1.2 Aa            10.9 Aa
Median          0.0 Aa             0.3 Ba             3.6 Ba
Apical          0.0 Aa             0.2 Ba             2.5 Ba
Mean            0.1                0.5                5.6
CV (%)                             27.3

              Length of shoots (cm)

Collection          6000mg [L.sup.-1]
Basal                    2.8 Ab
Median                   1.6 Aa
Apical                   0.8 Ab
Mean                     1.7
CV (%)       37.4

(1) Means followed by the same letter, uppercase in the horizontal
and lowercase in the vertical, do not differ by Tukey test
(P [less than or equal to] 0.05).

Table 4--Percentage of survival and rooting, number and length of
roots of cuttings from the basal, median and apical portions of
epicormic post-fire shoots of canjerana treated or not with 6000mg
[L.sup.-1] of indolebutiric acid (IBA) at 90 days of growth.

Collection       Survival     Rooting      Number    Length of
position        percentage   percentage   of roots   roots (cm)

Basal           69.2 a (1)     5.1 a       4.3 a       4.6 a
Median          37.7 b         0.0 b       0.0 b       0.0 b
Apical          4.7 ab         0.0 b       0.0 b       0.0 b
IBA (mg
0               62.1 a         2.5 a       1.5 a       2.5 a
6000            45.7 b         0.9 a       1.3 a       0.5 a
Mean            53.8           1.7         1.4         1.5
CV (%)          55.5           120.6       45.1        53.9

(1) Means followed by the same letter do not differ by Tukey test
(P [less than or equal to] 0.05).
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