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Indigo Cherry Drops


Denomination: 'Indigo Cherry Drops'
Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum
Applicant/Holder: Oregon State University
Office of Commercialization and Corporate Development
312 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, Oregon
United States of America
Breeder: Berry Treat, Oregon State University, Corvallis, United States of America
Agent in Canada: Global Agri Services Inc.
376 New Maryland Highway
New Maryland, New Brunswick
E3C 1E5
Tel: 506-462-9493
Application Date: 2015-01-22
Provisional Protection:: 2015-04-28
Application Number: 15-8628
Grant of Rights Date: 2017-11-28
Certificate Number: 5586
Exemption from compulsory licensing: Yes
Expiry date for exemption from compulsory licensing: 2019-11-28
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2037-11-28

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Indigo Rose'

Summary: The plants of 'Indigo Cherry Drops' flower early to mid-season whereas the plants of 'Indigo Rose' flower late in the season. The internode length on the stem of 'Indigo Cherry Drops' is longer than that of 'Indigo Rose'. The leaf blade of 'Indigo Cherry Drops' is larger than that of 'Indigo Rose'. The upper side of the leaf blade of 'Indigo Cherry Drops' is light to medium green with weak glossiness while that of 'Indigo Rose' is dark green with medium glossiness. The fruit of 'Indigo Cherry Drops' is small whereas the fruit of 'Indigo Rose' is small to medium sized. The fruit of 'Indigo Cherry Drops' has two or three locules whereas the fruit of 'Indigo Rose' has only two.


SEEDLING: anthocyanin colouration of hypocotyls present
PLANT: indeterminate growth habit, weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration on upper third of stem, flowers early to mid-season, mid-season fruit maturity

LEAF: semi-drooping attitude, bipinnate division of blade, light to medium green on upper side, weak glossiness on upper side, weak blistering, small sized blisters
LEAFLET: large from middle of leaf, semi-erect to horizontal attitude of petiolule in relation to main axis of leaf

INFLORESCENCE: mainly uniparous type
FLORET: no fasciation of first floret of inflorescence, no pubescence of style, yellow
PEDUNCLE: abscission layer present, medium length

IMMATURE FRUIT: no green shoulder, no green stripes, no green colour on skin
MATURE FRUIT: small size, very small length/diameter ratio, circular shape in longitudinal section, weak ribbing at peduncle end, round in cross-section, weak depression at peduncle end, medium sized peduncle scar, very small blossom scar, flat at blossom end, small mid-point of core (in cross-section) in relation to total diameter when viewed from above, medium thickness of pericarp, two or three locules, black and red skin colour at maturity, medium glossiness of skin, red flesh, colourless epidermis, medium to firm

Origin & Breeding History: 'Indigo Cherry Drops' (experimental designations 'P170' and 'S251') originated from a cross conducted at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, USA. The cross was made in 2005 between the female parent variety 'P20-6', which resulted from a four-way controlled cross using accessions containing wild species germplasm, and the male parent variety 'Sweet Baby Girl'. The resulting progeny was designated as 'P170' and advanced by pedigree selection from the F2 generation to the F5 generation. Selection was based on intense purple colour and excellent flavour. In 2012, approximately ten F6 single plants were massed and designated 'S251' and then advanced to the F8 generation as of 2014.

Tests & Trials: The comparative trials for 'Indigo Cherry Drops' were conducted during the 2015 and 2016 growing seasons in New Maryland, New Brunswick. In each year of test, the seeds were started indoors, transplanted into 10 cm pots, grown on in the greenhouse and planted outdoors in early June. Each plot consisted of 20 plants each of the candidate and reference variety grown in a single row. Plants were spaced 0.60 metres apart within the row and spaced 0.75 metres between rows.

Comparison tables for 'Indigo Cherry Drops' with reference variety 'Indigo Rose'

Stem internode length between 1st and 4th inflorescences (cm)

  'Indigo Cherry Drops' 'Indigo Rose'
mean 9.0 7.6
std. deviation 0.94 0.79

Leaf length (cm)

  'Indigo Cherry Drops' 'Indigo Rose'
mean 43.1 37.4
std. deviation 4.2 3.3

Leaf width (cm)

  'Indigo Cherry Drops' 'Indigo Rose'
mean 38.5 32.1
std. deviation 6.0 2.7

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Indigo Cherry Drops
Tomato: 'Indigo Cherry Drops' (left) with reference variety 'Indigo Rose' (right)

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Tomato: 'Indigo Cherry Drops' (left) with reference variety 'Indigo Rose' (right)

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Indigo Cherry Drops
Tomato: 'Indigo Cherry Drops' (left) with reference variety 'Indigo Rose' (right)

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