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FL 2053


Denomination: 'FL 2053'
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: 06-5461
Protective direction granted: 2006-04-27
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-03-03
Certificate Number: 3156
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2026-03-03

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Atlantic'

Summary: 'FL2053' has a more spreading growth habit than 'Atlantic'. 'FL2053' has a shorter, narrower leaf than 'Atlantic'. The terminal and lateral leaflets of 'FL2053' have a wavier margin than the leaflets of 'Atlantic'. 'FL2053' has a broad cylindrical shaped light sprout while 'Atlantic' has an ovoid shaped light sprout.


PLANT: spreading growth habit, leaf type foliage structure
STEM: weak anthocyanin colouration located at leaf axils, thin to medium thickness, nodes with low degree of swelling

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

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

TUBER: round
TUBER SKIN: light beige, yellow at base of eye, medium anthocyanin colouration on skin in reaction to light, rough texture
TUBER EYES: shallow to intermediate in depth, evenly distributed, eyebrows not prominent
TUBER FLESH: white, no secondary colour

LIGHT SPROUT: small to medium size, broad cylindrical, medium number of root tips, short lateral shoots
BASE: strong anthocyanin colouration, medium proportion of blue in anthocyanin, sparse to medium pubescence
TIP: smaller than base, closed habit, weak anthocyanin colouration, medium pubescence.

Origin & Breeding History: 'FL2053' originated from a cross between 'FL1922' and 'FL1831', 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 164.01 and tested for five years in Rhinelander. In 2000 this selection was given the name 'FL2053' and tested in 18 variety trials throughout the United States in 2001 and 2002.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'FL2053' 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 'FL 2053' with reference variety 'Atlantic'

Leaf length (cm)

  'FL 2053' 'Atlantic'
mean 28.0 33.0
std. deviation 3.4 2.2

Leaf width (cm)

  'FL 2053' 'Atlantic'
mean 19.8 21.9
std. deviation 1.8 2.1

Colour of corolla (RHS)

  'FL 2053' 'Atlantic'
inner surface 76D 85C

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FL 2053
Potato: 'FL2053' (right) with reference variety 'Atlantic' (left)

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