I. Foley, M. J. Hennerty
Cold pre-treated anthers of the strawberry cultivar Saladin were inoculated on Nitsch and Nitsch (1969) medium with different hormone combinations and callus growth and plant regeneration were induced. Plants were multiplied by micropropagation, weaned and planted in the field. Of an original 102 lines, 26 lines which showed significant variation in their first year were selected for further study. Uniform single crowned stolons from these were used to reduce epigenetic effects in a second field trial.

Assessments of vegetative, flowering and fruiting parameters revealed that there was variation among all the androgenic lines, with the exception of three, for one or a combination of characters. Two lines were variable for a combination of characters which could be of potential agronomic importance. One line gave a yield greater than that of Saladin, was early flowering and produced a second flush of flowers. The other line was erect, late flowering and exhibited everbearing tendencies. Androgenic plants would appear to have the potential to contribute positively to strawberry breeding programs.

Foley, I. and Hennerty, M. J. (1993). FIELD PERFORMANCE OF ANDROGENIC STRAWBERRY PLANTS.. Acta Hortic. 348, 188-195
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1993.348.30

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