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Denomination: 'Elisabeth'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: Agrico Cooperatie u. a.
P.O. Box 70, Duit 15
8300 AB
Agent in Canada: Parkland Seed Potatoes Ltd.
#26, 2908 Ellwood Drive, South West
Edmonton, Alberta
T6X 0A9
Tel: 780-435-3122
Application Date: 2004-01-22
Application Number: 04-4012
Date abandoned: 2008-02-07

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Estima' and 'Provento'

Summary: 'Elisabeth' has a shorter plant height and shorter leaves than 'Provento'. The star in the corolla of 'Elisabeth' is more prominent than in 'Provento'. The light sprout of 'Elisabeth' is smaller than that of the reference varieties. 'Elisabeth' has a spherical light sprout while 'Estima' has an ovoid to broad cylindrical light sprout and 'Provento' has an oval light sprout. The light sprout base of 'Elisabeth' has a moderate level of anthocyanin colouration, whereas that of 'Estima' has no anthocyanin. The light sprout tip of 'Elisabeth' has less anthocyanin and less pubescence than that of 'Provento'.


PLANT: semi-upright growth habit, intermediate foliage structure

STEM: absent or very weak anthocyanin, main stem thin, swelling of nodes absent or very low

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

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

TUBER: round to oval, shallow eyes and predominantly apical, eyebrows not prominent, medium yellow to dark yellow flesh with no secondary colour
SKIN: light beige, yellow at base of eye, medium anthocyanin when exposed to light, smooth to rough texture

LIGHT SPROUT: small, spherical, few root tips, short lateral roots
BASE: medium anthocyanin, absent or low proportion of blue, medium pubescence
TIP: smaller than base, closed habit, anthocyanin absent to very weak, sparse pubescence.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Elisabeth' was selected from the F1 progeny of the crossing of 'VE82-96' and 'Cilena' made in 1991 in Bant, The Netherlands. The selection process was based on negative agronomic traits.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Elisabeth' 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 'Elisabeth' with reference varieties 'Estima' and 'Provento'

Plant height (cm)

  'Elisabeth' 'Estima' 'Provento'
mean 56.8 56.3 62.8
std. deviation 2.5 4.8 3.4

Leaf length (cm)

  'Elisabeth' 'Estima' 'Provento'
mean 28.9 26.4 32.2
std. deviation 1.3 1.9 2.7

Colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Elisabeth' 'Estima' 'Provento'
inner surface 157A 157C 157C

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Potato: 'Elisabeth' (center) with reference varieties 'Provento' (left) and 'Estima' (right)

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