New Strawberry Selections from the Quebec Breeding Program

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  • 1 1Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Horticultural Research Centre, 430 Gouin Blvd., St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada J3B 3E6
  • | 2 2Dept. of Plant Science, Macdonald College of McGill Univ., Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada H9X 3V9.

Promising 1989 strawberry selections from the Agriculture Canada/McGill Univ. breeding program have been evaluated since 1990 at three different sites in Quebec. `Kent', `Glooscap', `Honeoye', `Bounty', and `Veestar' were used for comparison. Yield, average fruit weight at each harvest, firmness, color, taste, and other fruit characteristics were evaluated. SJ89288-2 had the highest yield with large fruit. SJ89700-1 and SJ89264-6 produced similar yield to `Kent' and `Glooscap', with firm and large fruit. SJ89700-1 had bright red skin color and SJ89264-6 had bright pale red color. Both are suitable from fresh-market and pick-your-own (PYO). SJ8976-1, another selection, had a firm, large, bright pale red fruit. All four selections have good shelf life quality and will be tested at four sites during 1993–95.