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Denomination: 'Canberra'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: Reitsma, B.
Witteweg 4
9171 LJ

P.O. Box 88
8500 AB
Tel: 31 513-489 976
Breeder: B. Reitsma, Blija, Netherlands
R. P. Graveland, IPR B.V., Joure, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: Global Agri Services Inc.
376 New Maryland Highway
New Maryland, New Brunswick
E3C 1E5
Tel: 506-462-9493
Application Date: 2010-12-03
Application Number: 10-7097
Grant of Rights Date: 2014-02-19
Certificate Number: 4728
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2032-02-19

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Red Scarlett'

Summary: The proportion of blue in the anthocyanin colouration at the base of the lightsprout of 'Canberra' is absent to medium whereas it is medium to high on 'Red Scarlett'. The corolla of 'Canberra' is medium to large whereas it is small to medium on 'Red Scarlett'. The tubers of 'Canberra' are oval shape whereas they are long oval to long in 'Red Scarlett'.


LIGHTSPROUT: small to medium size, ovoid, root tips few in numbers, short lateral shoots
LIGHTSPROUT BASE: very strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration, with absent to medium proportion of blue in the anthocyanin colouration, sparse pubescence
LIGHTSPROUT TIP: small size in relation to base, closed habit, medium intensity of anthocyanin colouration, absent or very sparse pubescence

PLANT: foliage structure is an intermediate type where foliage is half open and stems are partly visible, semi-upright growth habit, medium maturity

STEM: high extent of anthocyanin colouration along the entire stem

LEAF: medium outline, intermediate openness, medium to dark green colour, high extent and strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration on the midrib of the upper side
SECOND PAIR OF LATERAL LEAFLETS: medium size, narrower than long width in relation to length
LEAFLETS: medium presence of secondary leaflets, absent to low frequency of coalescence of terminal and lateral leaflets, weak waviness of margin, medium to deep veins, medium glossiness of upper side, no pubescence on blade at apical rosette

INFLORESCENCE: low to medium frequency per plant, small to medium size, high extent of anthocyanin colouration on peduncle
FLOWER BUD: medium extent of anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA: medium to large size, medium to high extent and weak to medium intensity of anthocyanin colouration on the inner side, with absent or low proportion of blue

TUBER: oval shape, light to medium yellow flesh
TUBER EYES: shallow to medium depth
TUBER SKIN: red, yellow at base of eye

Origin & Breeding History: The origin of 'Canberra' is the result of the cross made in 1997 between 'Latona' as the female parent and 'Red Scarlett' as the male parent at the HZPC Research & Development Centre in Metslawier, The Netherlands. Selection criteria included internal and external quality, yield and resistances against different diseases and pests.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Canberra' were conducted during the 2012 growing season in Drummond, New Brunswick. Each plot per variety consisted of 60 plants grown in a single row with a row length of 18.5 metres and a row spacing of 0.9 metres between rows. Plants were spaced 0.30 metres apart.

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Potato: 'Canberra' (left) with reference variety 'Red Scarlett' (right)

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