RESULTS OF THE COMMON INTERNATIONAL BREEDING PROGRAM FOR BLACKCURRANT
Blackcurrants are one of the most important berry crops in the Baltic countries and northern Europe. Yet the existing assortment of cultivars does not fully meet the demands of growers and the processing industry. To extend and improve the cultivar assortment of blackcurrants, hybridizations and evaluations of the obtained breeding material were done from 1995-2001 in the framework of a common breeding program involving the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Balsgård, Lithuanian Institute of Horticulture, Latvia State Institute of Fruit-Growing and N.I. Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry, Russia. From this material, 12 elite hybrids have been selected, which were further evaluated in 2004-2009. As a result of evaluation four hybrids were selected to be named as cultivars: BRi 9502-1A (Lentyai × Intercontinental), BRi 9504-5 (65-59-5 × Storklas), BRi 9508-3A (Gagatai × Intercontinental), and BRi 9508-3B (Gagatai × Intercontinental).
Strautina, S., Krasnova , I., Kalnina, I., Sasnauskas, A., Trajkovski, V. and Tikhonova, O. (2012). RESULTS OF THE COMMON INTERNATIONAL BREEDING PROGRAM FOR BLACKCURRANT. Acta Hortic. 926, 53-58
Ribes nigrum, hybrids, cultivars, yield, berries, chemical content