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Denomination: 'Melody'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: C. Meijer B.V.
Stationsweg 18a, 4416 PJ Kruiningen
Postbus 1, 4416 AG
Breeder: J.P.M. Muijsers, C. Meijer B.V., Kruiningen, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: Solanum International Inc.
4 Legend Trail
Stony Plain, Alberta
T7Z 0B1
Tel: 780-963-4507
Application Date: 2003-10-27
Application Number: 03-3883
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-03-06
Certificate Number: 3168
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2026-03-06

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Bintje' and 'Yukon Gold'

Summary: 'Melody' has a shorter plant height than 'Bintje'. 'Melody' has a wider leaf width than the reference varieties. 'Melody' has a more closed leaf silhouette than the reference varieties. 'Melody' has a higher number of secondary leaflets than 'Bintje'. 'Melody' has red-violet corolla colour while 'Bintje' has white corolla colour. 'Melody' has weaker anthocyanin colouration on the light sprout base than the reference varieties and weaker anthocyanin on the light sprout tip than 'Bintje'.


PLANT: semi-upright growth habit, intermediate foliage structure
STEM: weak anthocyanin colouration located at leaf axils, thin to medium thickness, nodes with medium degree of swelling

LEAVES: medium to dark green, closed silhouette, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on upper side of rachis and petiole, medium depth of veins, absent or very weak waviness of margin, medium glossiness on upper side, no pubescence on leaves at apical rosette, strong presence of secondary leaflets
TERMINAL LEAFLET: medium ovate shape, acute tip, obtuse to cordate base, absent or low frequency of coalescence with lateral leaflets
LATERAL LEAFLETS: very large size, narrow ovate shape, acute tip, cordate base

INFLORESCENCE: very low to low flowering profusion, small size, flower buds persistent, weak anthocyanin colouration in flower bud.
COROLLA: red-violet, medium anthocyanin colouration on inner side, medium size, moderately prominent star, absent or weak anthocyanin colouration on peduncle

TUBER: cylindrical to oval
TUBER SKIN: yellow, yellow at base of eye, medium anthocyanin colouration on skin in reaction to light, smooth to rough texture
TUBER EYES: medium in depth, evenly distributed, eyebrows slightly prominent
TUBER FLESH: light yellow, no secondary colour

LIGHT SPROUT: medium size, ovoid shape, low number of root tips, short lateral shoots
BASE: medium anthocyanin colouration, absent or low proportion of blue in anthocyanin, sparse pubescence
TIP: smaller than base, closed habit, weak anthocyanin colouration, sparse pubescence.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Melody' originated from a cross made in Rilland, The Netherlands in 1988, between VE74-45, chosen for its nematode resistance, and W72-22-496, chosen for quality characteristics. Selection criteria for 'Melody' included yield, maturity, depth of eyes, disease resistance and quality characteristics.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Melody' were conducted in Drummond, New Brunswick in 2006. All entries were planted in single-row plots. Plots consisted of rows 22 metres long with 30 cm in row spacing 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 'Melody' with reference varieties 'Bintje' and 'Yukon Gold'

Plant height (cm)

  'Melody' 'Bintje' 'Yukon Gold'
mean 54.8 81.4 62.0
std. deviation 7.4 1.7 4.6

Leaf width (cm)

  'Melody' 'Bintje' 'Yukon Gold'
mean 26.3 18.3 19.0
std. deviation 2.3 1.7 1.5

Colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Melody' 'Bintje' 'Yukon Gold'
inner surface 76A 157B 76A

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Potato: 'Melody' (centre) with reference varieties 'Yukon Gold' (left) and 'Bintje' (right)

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