EVALUATION OF NEW SPANISH CULTIVARS OF STRAWBERRY IN HUELVA, SOUTHWESTERN SPAIN
Spain and Italy lead strawberry production in Western Europe. The annual production of strawberries in Spain for the last two years was more than 180,000 MT (López-Aranda, et al., 1992). Approximately 90% of Spanish production is in Huelva province, in southwest Spain. California cultivars have predominated in Spain, starting with Tioga and then Douglas and Chandler, with Oso Grande increasing in importance. For several years, a small number of Spanish public and private research centers have carried out breeding programs to develop cultivars adapted to the conditions of east and southwest Spain (Bartual, et al., 1991). Environment conditions the response of different genotypes (Galletta, 1980) and, consequently, when we wish to introduce new cultivars we must consider not only quantitive and qualitive fruit traits (Risser, 1978), but also traits of production and early-cropping (Maroto, 1983). The present study was designed to evaluate five new Spanish cultivars in two environments; one considered ideal for production and the other marginal.
López-Aranda, J., López-Montero, R., Chaves, M., Alvarez, A. and Bartual, R. (1993). EVALUATION OF NEW SPANISH CULTIVARS OF STRAWBERRY IN HUELVA, SOUTHWESTERN SPAIN. Acta Hortic. 348, 213-218