'SUVETAR' AND 'VALOTAR' – NEW STRAWBERRY CULTIVARS FROM MTT BREEDING PROGRAMME
Suvetar and Valotar are the first two varieties launched from the new strawberry breeding programme of MTT Agrifood Research Finland. The breeding programme started in 1997 and aimed at developing powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis) resistant and firm-fruited new cultivars. Suvetar is a seedling from the crossing of Polka × Emily, and Valotar originates from a cross between Jewel and Senga Sengana. Both are midseason varieties, ripening a couple of days earlier than Polka. They have good resistance to mildew. In field trial the commercial yield and fruit size of Suvetar and Valotar were equivalent to Jonsok and Polka. At present, Polka is the most widely grown cultivar for main season production in Finland, and until recently, Jonsok has been the main variety for early production. The new varieties have good fruit firmness. The fresh flavour, yield, fruit size and fruit appearance of Suvetar and Valotar, together with improved fruit firmness, make them suitable to the fresh fruit market.
Hietaranta, T. and Parikka, P. (2009). 'SUVETAR' AND 'VALOTAR' – NEW STRAWBERRY CULTIVARS FROM MTT BREEDING PROGRAMME. Acta Hortic. 842, 519-520
Fragaria × ananassa, Podosphaera aphanis, Phytophthora cactorum, powdery mildew, crown rot