‘Flavorfest’ Strawberry

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Contributor Notes

This project was funded by USDA-ARS Projects 8042-21220-254-00 and 6062-21430-002-00-D. Evaluations in Virginia were funded by VAES, VCE, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

We wish to thank the USDA-ARS Beltsville Research Farm Services for field and greenhouse support, and Lassen Canyon Nursery (Redding, CA) for propagation for final testing and release.

Mention of trade names or commercial products in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information and does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or any of the other coauthors’ institutions.

Current address: University of Córdoba, Departamento de Genética, Campus de Rabanales Edificio C5 2 planta, 14071 Córdoba, Spain

Current address: University of Minnesota, Department of Horticultural Science, 258 Alderman Hall, 1970 Folwell Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108

Deceased.

Corrresponding author. E-mail: Kim.Lewers@ARS.USDA.gov.

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    Pedigree of ‘Flavorfest’ strawberry, released in Dec. 2012, by the USDA-ARS, from the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD. Seed parents are represented above pollen parents.

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    ‘Flavorfest’ strawberry fruit, produced in plasticulture at the USDA-ARS, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD.

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    ‘Flavorfest’ strawberry total annual yield and non-rotted yield compared with other cultivars grown in plasticulture at the USDA-ARS Beltsville Research Center, Beltsville, MD, from 1999 through 2016. For each plot at each harvest, decayed fruits were harvested into separate containers from fruits that showed no sign of decay. The containers were weighed separately. Yields were adjusted for plant stands. Each year, ANOVAs were performed for total yield and non-rotted yield for comparison within year. The yearly estimates for total yield and non-rotted yield were used in a second ANOVA for genotypic comparison across multiple years.

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    ‘Flavorfest’ fruiting season compared with other cultivars grown at the USDA-ARS Beltsville Research Center, Beltsville, MD, in 2011, a year representative of the season relationships between these cultivars. Plots were harvested twice weekly, and the harvests combined for each week. Yields were adjusted for plant stands and reported as g/plant each week. ‘Earliglow’ is an early-season cultivar, ‘Flavorfest’ and ‘Chandler’ are midseason cultivars, ‘Allstar’ is a midlate season cultivar, and ‘Ovation’ is a late-season cultivar.

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    ‘Flavorfest’ strawberry fruit size compared with other cultivars grown in plasticulture at the USDA-ARS Beltsville Research Center, Beltsville, MD, from 1999 through 2016. Ten randomly selected non-rotted fruits were weighed to obtain an average fruit weight for each plot and harvest. The average of all plot × harvest averages for a cultivar was reported as that cultivar’s “average fruit size” for the year. The largest of those plot × harvest averages was reported as that cultivar’s “large fruit size” for the year. Each year’s average for average fruit size (g/fruit), and largest average fruit size (g/fruit) for each cultivar was used in an ANOVA.

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