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Denomination: 'Apolline'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: Germicopa Breeding
Allée Loeiz Herrieu, 1
29334 Cedex
Breeder: Murielle Brient, Germicopa Breeding, Quimper, France
Agent in Canada: Goudreau Gage Dubuc
2000 McGill College
Suite 2200
Montréal, Quebec
H3A 3H3
Tel: 514-397-4374
Application Date: 2008-12-22
Application Number: 08-6476
Grant of Rights Date: 2012-02-23
Certificate Number: 4281
Date rights revoked: 2015-02-23

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Amandine' and 'Annabelle'

Summary: The plants of 'Apolline' are taller than the plants of the reference varieties. The inner side of the corolla of 'Apolline' has absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration while the inner side of the corolla of 'Amandine' has medium anthocyanin. The light sprout of 'Apolline' is ovoid in shape while the light sprout of 'Amandine' is broad cylindrical and the light sprout of 'Annabelle' is conical. The base of the light sprout of 'Apolline' has medium anthocyanin colouration while the reference varieties have strong anthocyanin at the base.


PLANT: upright growth habit, foliage structure intermediate between stem and leaf type, late maturity

STEM: low extent of anthocyanin colouration located along entire stem

LEAVES: medium to large, open silhouette, medium presence of secondary leaflets, medium green, absent or very low extent of anthocyanin colouration on midrib of upper side, absent or very weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration on midrib of upper side, absent or very low frequency of coalescence of terminal and lateral leaflets
SECOND PAIR OF LATERAL LEAFLETS: medium to large, narrower than long width in relation to length
LEAFLETS: absent or very weak waviness of margin, medium depth veins, medium glossiness on upper side, no pubescence on blade at apical rosette

INFLORESCENCE: medium frequency of inflorescences per plant, small to medium in size, absent or very low extent of anthocyanin colouration on peduncle
FLOWER BUD: medium extent of anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA: medium size, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on inner side with absent or low proportion of blue, absent or very low extent of anthocyanin on inner side

TUBER: long oval, medium yellow flesh
TUBER EYES: medium depth
TUBER SKIN: yellow, yellow at base of eye, medium anthocyanin colouration of skin in reaction to light

LIGHT SPROUT: medium size, ovoid shape, medium number of root tips, short lateral shoots
LIGHT SPROUT BASE: medium anthocyanin colouration, absent or low proportion of blue in anthocyanin colouration, sparse pubescence
LIGHT SPROUT TIP: small size in relation to base, habit intermediate between closed and open, weak anthocyanin colouration, medium density of pubescence.

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Apolline' originated from a cross between 'Safrane' and G81TT155001, made at Châteauneuf-du-Faou, France in 1992. Seed of the cross was sown, transplanted into 9 cm pots and grown in the greenhouse during the spring of 1993. One tuber was harvested and planted in the field in 1994. Four tubers were harvested and in 1995 four hill plots were planted from which 30 tubers were harvested. 30 seed tubers were harvested, 18 were planted in the field for seed production in 1996 and the remaining 12 were used for testing. From 1997 to 2000 further testing was conducted in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Cyprus. Criteria used in the selection process included pest resistance, yield, cooking and frying quality, dry matter content, storability and visual impression.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Apolline' were conducted during the summer of 2010 in Drummond, New Brunswick. Plots consisted of one row with a row length of 18.5 meters and a row spacing of 90 cm. Plants were spaced 30 cm apart within the row. There were 60 plants per variety in the trial. Measured characteristics were based on ten measurements.

Comparison table for 'Apolline' with reference varieties 'Amandine' and 'Annabelle'

Plant height (cm)

  'Apolline' 'Amandine' 'Annabelle'
mean 88.0 54.9 76.0
std. deviation 6.3 3.5 3.1

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Potato: 'Apolline' (centre) with reference varieties 'Amandine' (left) and 'Annabelle' (right)

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