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FL 2048


Denomination: 'FL 2048'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
Legal Department
3A-391, 7701 Legacy Drive
Plano, Texas
United States of America
Breeder: Robert W. Hoopes, Frito-Lay, Inc., Rhinelander, United States of America
Agent in Canada: PepsiCo Foods Canada
5550 Explorer Drive, 8th Floor
Mississauga, Ontario
L4W 0C3
Tel: 289-374-5000
Application Date: 2006-04-27(priority claimed)
Application Number: 06-5460
Protective direction granted: 2006-04-27
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-03-03
Certificate Number: 3155
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2026-03-03

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Snowden'

Summary: 'FL2048' has a more upright growth habit than 'Snowden'. 'FL2048' has darker leaf colour than 'Snowden'. 'FL2048' has absent or very weak waviness of the leaflet margin while 'Snowden' has weak to medium waviness of the leaf margin. 'FL2048' has glossier leaves than 'Snowden'. 'FL2048' has a larger inflorescence and larger corolla than 'Snowden'. The tubers of 'FL2048' have flat tuber eyes while the tubers of 'Snowden' have intermediate to deep tuber eyes. 'FL2048' has a broad cylindrical shaped light sprout while 'Snowden' has a spherical light sprout. 'FL2048' has stronger anthocyanin and denser pubescence on the base of the light sprout than 'Snowden'.


PLANT: upright growth habit, leaf type foliage structure
STEM: very weak to weak anthocyanin colouration located at leaf axils in bottom half of stem, medium thickness, nodes with low degree of swelling

LEAVES: medium green, intermediate silhouette, absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration on upper side of rachis and petiole, medium depth of veins, absent or very weak waviness of margin, medium to strong glossiness on upper side, sparse pubescence on leaves at apical rosette, medium presence of secondary leaflets
TERMINAL LEAFLET: medium ovate shape, acute tip, obtuse base, absent or very low frequency of coalescence with lateral leaflets
LATERAL LEAFLETS: medium size, narrow ovate shape, acute tip, cordate base

INFLORESCENCE: high flowering profusion, large, flower buds persistent, absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration in flower bud.
COROLLA: white, large, weak to moderately prominent star, absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration on peduncle

TUBER: round
TUBER SKIN: light beige, yellow at base of eye, strong anthocyanin colouration on skin in reaction to light, rough texture
TUBER EYES: predominantly apical to evenly distributed, eyebrows slightly prominent
TUBER FLESH: white, no secondary colour

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

Origin & Breeding History: 'FL2048' originated from a cross between 'FL1859' and 'FL1625', made in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA in 1995. Seeds from the cross were sown in the greenhouse in the spring of 1996 and the resulting tubers harvested in the summer of that year. Seedling tubers were planted in the field in the spring of 1997. One of the selections from this progeny was given the designation 1997 114.1 and tested for three years in Rhinelander. In 2000 this selection was given the name 'FL2048' and tested in 17 variety trials throughout the United States in 2001 and 2002.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'FL2048' 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.

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FL 2048
Potato: 'FL2048' (right) with reference variety 'Snowden' (left)

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