Soft fruit Trials in progress for half-a-dozen strawberry varieties

Six promising new strawberry varieties, a mixture of both everbearers and June-bearers, are being trialled on a large scale over the next two years, East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club project manager Adam Whitehouse told the Soft Fruit Day.

Image: EMR
Image: EMR

The varieties, currently codenamed EMR 1974, EMR 2056, EMR 2170, EMR 564, EMR 590 and EMR 639, share several common characteristics including high yields of class-one fruit, large fruit size and disease resistance. For instance, the June-bearer EMR 2056 has resistance to both crown rot and wilt - "a combination we have been trying to achieve for a number of years", said Whitehouse.

He added that he is "very excited" about the three everbearer selections because "every time I have seen them they look fantastic and several have attributes that we have been breeding for all of these years". Feedback from some continental growers "has been excellent" from some of these, he said.

Detailing recent trials in Oxfordshire of some promising summer-fruiting raspberry selections, ADAS consultant Janet Allan said a JHI-bred raspberry codenamed 0534RB1 "is looking really interesting", boasting "very high yields of 2.4 kg per plant, large fruit (5.1g on average) and a fantastic flavour".


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