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Rickey Russet


Denomination: 'Rickey Russet'
Previously Proposed Denomination: 'Ricky Russet'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: IPR B.V.
P.O. Box 88
8500 AB
Breeder: R. P. Graveland, IPR B.V., Joure, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: HZPC-Americas Corp.
19 Regis Duffy Drive
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
C1E 0K5
Tel: 902-892-2004
Application Date: 2016-07-08
Provisional Protection:: 2016-07-08
Application Number: 16-8976
Grant of Rights Date: 2018-11-20
Certificate Number: 5852
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2038-11-20

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Innovator'

Summary: The plants of 'Rickey Russet' are shorter than the plants of 'Innovator'. The lightsprout of 'Rickey Russet' is ovoid shape whereas the lightsprout of 'Innovator' is broad cylindrical shape. The tuber skin colour of 'Rickey Russet' is reddish brown whereas the tuber skin colour of 'Innovator' is light beige.


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

PLANT: foliage structure is intermediate type where foliage is half open and stems are partly visible, upright to semi-upright growth habit, matures mid to late season

STEM: low extent of anthocyanin colouration along entire length

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

INFLORESCENCE: absent or very low to low frequency per plant, small to medium size
PEDUNCLE: low extent of anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER BUD: absent or very low extent of anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA: medium size
COROLLA (INNER SIDE): medium to high extent of anthocyanin colouration, absent or very weak to weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration, absent or low proportion of blue in anthocyanin colouration

TUBER: short oval to oval shape, light yellow flesh
TUBER EYE: shallow depth, yellow at base
TUBER SKIN: reddish brown

Origin & Breeding History: 'Rickey Russet' originated from a cross between the selection 'BIE 93-1101', as the female parent, and the selection 'HZ-97-111', as the male parent, conducted in 2003, at HZPC Holland B.V. in Metslawier, Netherlands. From the resulting progeny, 'Rickey Russet' was selected in 2004 based on its yield, internal and external tuber quality as well as disease and insect resistances.

Tests & Trials: The comparative test and trial for 'Rickey Russet' was conducted during the growing season of 2017 in Drummond, New Brunswick. The trial consisted of a single, 21.2 metre long row containing 70 plants spaced 0.3 metres apart for each variety. The distance between rows within the trial was 0.9 metres. The observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants, or 10 parts of plants, of each variety. The mean difference was significant at the 5% probability level based on a paired Student's t-test.

Comparison table for 'Rickey Russet' with reference variety 'Innovator'

Plant height (cm)

  'Rickey Russet' 'Innovator'
mean 53.9 61.4
std. deviation 2.9 2.2

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Rickey Russet
Potato: 'Rickey Russet' (left) with reference variety 'Innovator' (right)

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