‘Tihope’ is a new disease-resistant blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum L.) cultivar released from the Ribes breeding program conducted at the Research Institute of Horticulture in Skierniewice, Poland. ‘Tihope’ produces large, attractive, and good quality fruit that can be used for blackcurrant juices, frozen fruit, and also for fresh market. In Poland, the blackcurrant breeding program has a long tradition. The first work has been initiated at the Research Institute of Pomology in 1954. Many blackcurrant cultivars have been released since that time (Gwozdecki, 1993; Pluta and Żurawicz, 1993, 2009; Pluta et al., 2012; Somorowski, 1964). The first Polish blackcurrant cultivar commercially grown in our country was ‘Bona’. It is resistant to American gooseberry mildew (Sphaerotheca mors-uvae Schwein./Berk. et Curt.) and produces very high-quality fruit for fresh market (Gwozdecki, 1993). The other, commercially grown Polish blackcurrant cultivars that are registered and protected by the Plant Breeder’s Rights are cultivated in Poland and beyond. These are ‘Tisel’ and ‘Tiben’ (Pluta and Żurawicz, 2002), ‘Ores’, Tines’ and ‘Ruben’ (Pluta and Żurawicz, 2004, 2009), and ‘Gofert’ (Pluta and Żurawicz, 2014). The breeding program is still active and new clones are under intensive evaluation as well as new cultivars are being released.
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