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Denomination: 'Infinity'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: IPM Potato Group Limited
Unit 412, Q House
76 Furze Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate
Breeder: Teagasc Crops Research Centre, Carlow, Ireland
Agent in Canada: Global Agri Services Inc.
376 New Maryland Highway
New Maryland, New Brunswick
E3C 1E5
Tel: 506-462-9493
Application Date: 2012-04-24
Application Number: 12-7599
Grant of Rights Date: 2016-04-22
Certificate Number: 5245
Exemption from compulsory licensing: Yes
Expiry date for exemption from compulsory licensing: 2018-04-22
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2036-04-22

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Rooster'

Summary: The lightsprout of 'Infinity' is spherical in shape with many root tips whereas the lightsprout of 'Rooster' is ovoid in shape with a medium number of root tips. The tip of the lightsprout in relation to the base is large for 'Infinity' whereas it is medium size for 'Rooster'. The tip of the lightsprout of 'Infinity' has medium to dense pubescence whereas the tip of the lightsprout of 'Rooster' has sparse pubescence. The waviness of the leaflet margin is strong for 'Infinity' whereas it is weak for 'Rooster'. The extent of anthocyanin colouration on the inner side of the corolla is very high for 'Infinity' whereas it is high for 'Rooster'. The colour at the base of the eye on the tuber of 'Infinity' is yellow whereas it is red on the tuber of 'Rooster'. The tuber of 'Infinity' has white flesh whereas the tuber of 'Rooster' has a medium to dark yellow flesh.


LIGHTSPROUT: small to medium size, spherical shape, many root tips, short lateral shoots
LIGHTSPROUT BASE: very strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration, medium proportion of blue in anthocyanin colouration, sparse pubescence
LIGHTSPROUT TIP: large in relation to base, habit is intermediate between closed and open, medium intensity of anthocyanin colouration, medium to dense pubescence

PLANT: foliage structure is stem type where the foliage is open and the stems are clearly visible, upright growth habit, late maturity

STEM: high extent of anthocyanin colouration along entire stem

LEAF: outline is medium size, open, dark green on upper side, high extent and strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration on midrib of upper side, medium presence of secondary leaflets, absent or very low frequency of coalescence of terminal and lateral leaflets
SECOND PAIR OF LATERAL LEAFLETS: medium size, leaflet is narrower than long
LEAFLET: strong waviness of margin, medium depth of veins, dull upper side, glabrous blade at apical rosette

INFLORESCENCE: low frequency per plant, medium size
PEDUNCLE: medium to high extent of anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER BUD: medium extent of anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA: medium to large, very high extent and strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration on inner side, absent or low proportion of blue in anthocyanin colouration on inner side

TUBER: round to short oval shape, white flesh
TUBER EYE: shallow depth, yellow at base

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Infinity' originated from a cross made in 1998 between 'Lady Rosetta' as the female parent and 'Rooster' as the male parent at Teagasc, in Oak Park, County Carlow, Ireland. A phenotypic recurrent selection technique was used in the development of 'Infinity'. This involved an intensive evaluation process of 10 years in public and industry trials throughout Europe before the selection in 2000 of 'Infinity' as a seedling from a field at the crop research station at Teagasc. It was selected for its maturity, yield, disease resistance, and storage characteristics.

Tests & Trials: The comparative trial for 'Infinity' was conducted during the growing season of 2014 in Drummond, New Brunswick. The trial consisted of a single row with 60 plants spaced 0.3 metres apart for each variety. The distance between rows within the trial was 0.9 metres. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety.

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Potato: 'Infinity' (left) with reference variety 'Rooster' (right)

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