Denomination: 'Abarth'
Botanical Name: Pisum sativum
Applicant/Holder: Limagrain Europe SA
Biopole Clermont-Limagne
Rue Henri Mondor
Saint Beauzire
Breeder: Titus de Vries, Limagrain Europe SA, Saint Beauzire, France
Agent in Canada: FP Genetics Inc.
426 McDonald Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4N 6E1
Tel: 306-791-1045 x.223
Application Date: 2011-11-28
Application Number: 11-7426
Grant of Rights Date: 2015-04-09
Certificate Number: 5009
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2035-04-09

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: Talento and Agassiz

Summary: The density of flecking on the stipule of 'Abarth' is very sparse while the density of flecking is medium on 'Talento' and sparse on 'Agassiz'. The plants of 'Abarth' flower early in the season while both reference varieties flower mid-season. The upper sepal of 'Abarth' is medium width whereas it is narrow for both reference varieties. The peduncle spur of 'Abarth' is short whereas it is medium length on both reference varieties. From stem to first pod, the peduncle of 'Abarth' is shorter than that of 'Agassiz'. The pod curvature of 'Abarth' is absent or very weak whereas it is weak on 'Agassiz'. The intensity of green colour of the immature seed of 'Abarth' is medium whereas it is light for 'Aggasiz'. The seed weight of 'Abarth' is greater than that of both reference varieties.


PLANT: field type, no anthocyanin colouration, no stem fasciation, green colour at flowering, medium intensity of green colour, no leaflets, matures mid-season

STEM: no anthocyanin colouration of axil, many nodes up to and including first fertile node

STIPULE: medium size, medium length from axil to tip, short lobe below axil, very sparse density of flecking

PEDUNCLE: short spur, absent or few bracts
FLOWER: blooms early season, two flowers per node
UPPER SEPAL: medium width, rounded apex at second flowering node
STANDARD: white, moderately arched base, medium undulation

POD: parchment entire, thickened wall absent, absent or very weak curvature, green when fully swollen, medium intensity of green colour, suture strings present
IMMATURE SEED: medium intensity of green colour
DRY SEED: ellipsoid shape, compound starch grain, yellow cotyledon, hilum same colour as testa

Origin & Breeding History: 'Abarth' (experimental designation LN4206) is the result of a cross made in 2002 between '02031' and '02066' at the former breeding station in Lelystad, Netherlands. A single plant was selected, followed by single seed descent and replicated yield trials. Selection criteria were yield, resistance to mildew, resistance to lodging and plant height.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials were conducted during the summers of 2012 and 2013 in Barrhead, Alberta. Plots were arranged in a non-randomized design with 4 replicates in 4.5 metre long rows. The plot size was 3.6 square metres with a 0.2 metre row spacing. Planting density was 75 plants per square metre. Measured characteristics for each variety were based on 10 measurements per year.

Comparison tables for 'Abarth' with reference varieties Talento and Agassiz

Peduncle length (from stem to first pod) (cm)

  'Abarth' Talento Agassiz
2012 mean 3.48 4.59 6.58
std. deviation 1.12 1.21 1.61
2013 mean 5.95 8.25 10.47
std. deviation 1.35 1.31 1.91

Seed weight (grams)

  'Abarth' Talento Agassiz
2012 mean 228.8 212.4 202.0
std. deviation 2.5 3.2 3.3
2013 mean 293.3 265.2 244.5
std. deviation 15.9 8.0 5.1

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Pea: 'Abarth' (centre) with reference varieties 'Talento' (left) and 'Agassiz' (right)

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Pea: 'Abarth' (left) with reference varieties 'Agassiz' (centre) and 'Talento' (right)

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Pea: 'Abarth' (left) with reference varieties 'Agassiz' (centre) and 'Talento' (right)

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