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AAC Poppy


Denomination: 'AAC Poppy'
Previously Proposed Denomination: 'AAC Rosebud'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Fredericton
Fredericton Research and Development Centre
850 Lincoln Road, P.O. Box 20280
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 4Z7
Breeder: Agnes Murphy, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Agent in Canada: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization
107 Science Place
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 0X2
Tel: (306) 385-9316
Application Date: 2013-04-23(priority claimed)
Application Number: 13-8019
Protective direction granted: 2013-04-23
Grant of Rights Date: 2014-11-26
Certificate Number: 4957
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2032-11-26

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Chieftain' and 'Norland'

Summary: The shape of the lightsprouts of 'AAC Poppy’ and 'Chieftain’ is ovoid whereas the shape is broad cylindrical for 'Norland’. The lightsprout tip of 'AAC Poppy’ has a closed habit whereas that of the reference varieties has an intermediate habit. The plant growth habit of 'AAC Poppy’ is upright whereas it is semi-upright for 'Chieftain’ and spreading for 'Norland’. The extent of anthocyanin colouration on the stem is high and along the entire length for 'AAC Poppy’ whereas the anthocyanin colouration is of medium extent and along the entire length for 'Chieftain’ and is low and present only at the base of the stem for 'Norland’. Anthocyanin colouration on the upper side along the midrib of the leaf is of high extent and strong intensity for 'AAC Poppy’ whereas the extent of anthocyanin colouration is absent or very low with absent or very weak intensity for 'Norland’. The plants of 'AAC Poppy’ are shorter than those of 'Norland’. The frequency of inflorescences per plant is low to medium for 'AAC Poppy’ whereas the frequency is high for 'Chieftain’. The intensity of anthocyanin colouration on the inner side of the flower corolla is strong to very strong for 'AAC Poppy’ whereas it is medium for 'Chieftain’. The tubers of 'AAC Poppy’ are oval in shape with a cream coloured flesh whereas the tubers of the reference varieties are long oval in shape with white flesh.


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

PLANT: foliage structure is stem type where foliage is open and stems are clearly visible, upright growth habit, matures mid-season

STEM: high extent of anthocyanin colouration along entire stem

LEAF: small outline, open, dark green on upper side, anthocyanin colouration on the upper side of the midrib is of high extent and strong intensity
SECOND PAIR OF LATERAL LEAFLETS: medium size, width in relation to length is narrower than long
LEAFLET: strong presence of secondary leaflets, absent or very low frequency of coalescence of terminal and lateral leaflets, absent or very weak waviness of margin, medium depth of veins, medium to glossy upper side, pubescence present on blade at apical rosette

INFLORESCENCE: low to medium frequency per plant, medium size, low to medium extent of anthocyanin colouration on peduncle
FLOWER BUD: medium extent of anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA: medium size, anthocyanin colouration on inner side is of high extent and strong to very strong intensity with a medium proportion of blue

TUBER: oval shape, cream coloured flesh
TUBER EYE: shallow to medium depth, red at base

Origin & Breeding History: The origin of 'AAC Poppy’ (experimental designations 'AR2011-06’, 'F05056’ and '15002-06’) is the result of the cross between the variety 'Glenwood Red’ as the female parent and the variety 'F92028’ as the male parent conducted at the Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2000. 'AAC Poppy’ was selected in 2005 based on its adaptation as a clonal selection, tuber type and fresh market potential.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'AAC Poppy' were conducted in 2013 at the Potato Research Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Fredericton, New-Brunswick. There were two replicates. Each replicated 640 metres squared plot consisted of 60 plants grown in two rows with a row length of 7.5 metres and a row spacing of 0.9 metres between rows. Plants were spaced 0.25 metres apart. The measured characteristics were based on 10 measurements per variety. Mean differences were significant at the 5% probability level based on a paired Student's t-test.

Comparison table for 'AAC Poppy' with reference varieties 'Chieftain' and 'Norland'

Plant height (cm)

  'AAC Poppy' 'Chieftain' 'Norland'
mean 36 32 46
std. deviation 6.1 3.5 4.9

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Potato: 'AAC Poppy’ (left) with reference varieties 'Chieftain’ (center) and 'Norland' (right)

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Potato: 'AAC Poppy’ (left) with reference varieties 'Chieftain’ (center) and 'Norland' (right)

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