Cultivars developed in the strawberry breeding program of Fresas Nuevos Materiales S.A.
Fresas Nuevos Materiales S.A. (FNM), based in Huelva, Andalucía, Spain, was created in 1999 to breed strawberry cultivars adapted to this province and areas with similar climatic conditions. Every season we make between 95 and 120 crosses and plant about 10.000 seedlings; we select about 200 plants that are tested the next season as first-year selections. The first-year selections selected (about 10-15%) are tested in field trials the following season as second-year selections and the best of them (4-5) pass to the advanced selections trials. Several successful cultivars have been released by FNM, the most notable being: Primoris FNM (2009), Rabida FNM (2014), Candy (2014), and Rociera FNM (2016). Of the previous cultivars, 196 million plants were planted, mainly in Huelva, in the 2018-2019 season. Of the total, 145 million were from Rociera FNM, 35 million from Rabida FNM, 13 million from Primoris Fnm and 3.4 million from Candy. In this way, FNM is positioned as the second breeder with a percentage of 37.3 of the Huelva varietal market in the past season. FNM is developing new selections aimed at increasing the fruit quality with good agronomic traits. With this we intend to satisfy both the consumer and the producing sector. We are currently developing the day-neutral Rikas FNM and the short day cultivar A14. Field trial results for agronomic traits and fruit quality for 2018/19 seasons will be presented.
Pistón, F., Arenas, J.M. and Refoyo, A. (2021). Cultivars developed in the strawberry breeding program of Fresas Nuevos Materiales S.A.. Acta Hortic. 1309, 69-74
advanced selections, cultivar, strawberry