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Denomination: 'Milva'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: Europlant Pflanzenzucht GmbH
P.O.Box 13 80
Breeder: Nordkartoffel Zuchtgesellschaft MBH, Ebstorf, Germany
Agent in Canada: Global Agri Services Inc.
376 New Maryland Highway
New Maryland, New Brunswick
E3C 1E5
Tel: 506-462-9493
Application Date: 2002-11-05
Application Number: 02-3354
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-05-25
Certificate Number: 2749
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2025-05-25

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Satina' and 'Sante'

Summary: The plants of 'Milva' are shorter than the plants of 'Satina' and taller than the plants of 'Sante'. The tubers of Milva' have a yellow and smooth skin whereas it is light beige and rough for 'Satina'. 'Milva' has tubers that are oval in shape, whereas they are round in the reference varieties. The light sprout of 'Milva' is smaller than that of the reference varieties. The base and the tip of the light sprout of 'Milva' have more anthocyanin colouration than 'Santina' and 'Sante'. The base of the light sprout of 'Milva' has a high proportion of blue in the anthocyanin, whereas it is absent to low in the reference varieties. The pubescence at the base of the sprout is absent to very sparse in 'Milva' and dense in 'Satina'.


PLANT: semi-upright growth habit, intermediate foliage structure

STEM: weak anthocyanin on leaf axil only, main stem thin, swelling of nodes low

LEAF: light to medium green, intermediate in silhouette, anthocyanin in rachis and petiole absent to very weak
TERMINAL LEAFLET: medium ovate, acute tip, cordate base, absent or very low frequency of coalescence of terminal and lateral leaflets
LATERAL LEAFLETS: medium size, narrowly to medium ovate, acute tip, obtuse to cordate base, shallow to moderately deep veins, moderate waviness of margins, medium glossiness, no pubescence on blade (at apical rosette), weak to moderate presence of secondary leaflets

INFLORESCENCE: small, moderate flowering profusion, buds fairly persistent, absent to very weak anthocyanin in buds
COROLLA: medium in size, white, moderately prominent star
PEDUNCLE: anthocyanin absent to very weak

TUBER: oval, eyes intermediate in depth and evenly distributed, eyebrows slightly to moderately prominent, medium to dark yellow coloured flesh with no secondary colour
SKIN: yellow, yellow at base of eye, weak to medium anthocyanin when exposed to light, smooth texture

LIGHT SPROUT: small, ovoid, moderate number of root tips, short lateral roots
BASE: very strong anthocyanin, high proportion of blue, absent or very sparse pubescence
TIP: smaller than base, intermediate habit, strong anthocyanin, medium pubescence.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Milva' was selected from the F1 progeny of a cross between 'Dunja' and 'Nena' made in 1986 in Kaltenberg, Germany. The variety was selected based on negative agronomic criteria.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Milva' were conducted in Drummond, New Brunswick in 2005. A block design was used with four replicates per variety. All entries were planted in single-row plots and each entry had one replicate per block. Plots consisted of rows 5.5 metres long and between row spacing of 91 cm. Measured characteristics were based on 10 measurements. Colour determinations were made using the 1986 RHS colour chart.

Comparison tables for 'Milva' with reference varieties 'Satina' and 'Sante'

Plant height (cm)

  'Milva' 'Satina' 'Sante'
mean 58.3 63.5 50.5
std. deviation 1.9 3.2 2.6

Colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Milva' 'Satina' 'Sante'
inner surface 157B 157A 157C

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Potato: 'Milva' (center) with reference varieties 'Sante' (left) and 'Santina' (right)

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