Abstract

Bean seed variety “Calima” (Phaseolus vulgaris) was stored for 32 weeks in hermetic containers at 30°C using seven different moisture levels within 10.2 and 14.3%. Seed quality was evaluated every two weeks by sub-sampling independent lots from each controlled moisture level. Linear models of germination and budding versus storage time had r2 values of 0.85 and 0.93 respectively. These results indicate that “ Calima” seed with high Initial quality and grain moisture less than 12% can be stored in hermetic containers for up to 8 months at temperatures of 30°C with little loss of physiologycal quality.