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Denomination: 'Romanze'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: Norika Nordring Kartoffelzucht und Vermehrungs GmbH
Parkweg 4
D-18190, Sanitz
Gross Lüsewitz
Breeder: Wolfgang Walter, Norika Nordring Kartoffelzucht und Vermehrungs GmbH, Gross Lüsewitz, Germany
Agent in Canada: Global Agri Services Inc.
376 New Maryland Highway
New Maryland, New Brunswick
E3C 1E5
Tel: 506-462-9493
Application Date: 2007-03-20(priority claimed)
Application Number: 07-5794
Protective direction granted: 2007-03-20
Grant of Rights Date: 2009-03-18
Certificate Number: 3468
Exemption from compulsory licensing: Yes
Expiry date for exemption from compulsory licensing: 2011-03-18
Date rights surrendered: 2015-03-02

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Asterix'

Summary: 'Romanze' has an upright growth habit while 'Asterix' has a semi-upright growth habit. 'Romanze' has a shorter plant height than 'Asterix'. The terminal and lateral leaflets of 'Romanze' have no or a very low frequency of coalescence while it is high for 'Asterix'. 'Romanze' has large, broad cylindrical light sprouts while they are medium ovoid for 'Asterix'. The intensity of anthocyanin colouration of the light sprout tips is strong for 'Romanze' while it is weak for 'Asterix'. 'Romanze' has medium length lateral shoots while they are short for 'Asterix'.


PLANT: upright growth habit, intermediate type foliage structure
STEM: strong anthocyanin colouration evenly distributed, thin, nodes with absent or very low swelling

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

INFLORESCENCE: medium to high flowering profusion, medium size, flower buds are persistent, medium anthocyanin colouration of flower bud
COROLLA: red-violet, medium size, prominant star, medium anthocyanin colouration of inner side and strong anthocyanin colouration on peduncle

TUBER: oval
TUBER SKIN: red, red at base of eye, rough and flaky texture
TUBER EYES: shallow, even distribution, slight prominence of eyebrows
TUBER FLESH: medium yellow, no secondary colour

LIGHT SPROUT: large, broad cylindrical shape, medium number of root tips, medium length lateral shoots
BASE: strong anthocyanin colouration, medium proportion of blue in anthocyanin colouration, medium dense pubescence
TIP: smaller than base in size, closed habit, strong anthocyanin colouration, sparse pubescence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Romanze' originated from the cross of '3.14 104-90' and 'Rasant', made in GroB Lüsewitz, Germany in 1995. The selection criteria were maturity, yield, resistance, processing traits, morphological traits, and storage characters.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Romanze' were conducted in Drummond, New Brunswick in 2007. All entries were planted in single-row plots. Plots consisted of rows 22 meters long with 30 cm in row spacing between plants and spacing between rows of 91 cm. Measured characteristics were based on 10 measurements. Colour determinations were made using the 1986 RHS colour chart.

Comparison table for 'Romanze' with reference variety 'Asterix'

Plant height (cm)

  'Romanze' 'Asterix'
mean 51.6 59.0
std. deviation 2.7 1.8

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Potato: 'Romanze' (right) with reference variety 'Asterix' (left)

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