Kinetics and Quality of Quinoa Seeds After Drying and During Storage

  •  Eder S. Moscon    
  •  Luiz E. B. Blum    
  •  Carlos R. Spehar    
  •  Samuel Martin    
  •  Marcelo Fagioli    
  •  Justino J. Dias Neto    


This study aimed to assess the effect of different drying forms, environments, and storage periods on germination and sanitary quality of quinoa seeds cv. BRS Syetetuba. Seeds were submitted to drying in forced air circulation chamber at 30, 40, and 50 °C and in a suspended tray, in full sun, until they reached ±12% of moisture content. The observed drying data were adjusted to 10 mathematical models. The storage for 360 days was continuous in three different environments. Seeds were evaluated at 0, 6, and 12 months for germination, first count of germination, moisture content, and sanity tests. The experimental design was completely randomized, in a split split-plot scheme with four replicates. Among the studied models, Midilli was efficient in describing the drying curves of quinoa seeds. The storage environment influenced the loss of seed quality more than the drying temperature. The increased storage period caused a decrease on fungal seed incidence.

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