The ASOEX Fruit Technology consortium presented 4 new varieties of 100% Chilean raspberries that they developed in collaboration with the Catholic University of Chile and with the support of Corfo.
These 4 new varieties now join the Santa Catalina, Santa Clara and Santa Teresa varieties that this consortium launched in 2015, which, given their great caliber, flavor and traceability, have met with great success among small producers. from southern Chile and abroad, as they are grown in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Mexico and Peru. The Consortium expects these new varieties to also be very successful, given their productivity, resistance to water stress and disease characteristics.
The launch took place in the presence of the national authorities of INDAP, representatives of the Consortium and associated companies, ASOEX and incubators. The 4 new varieties are in the process of being registered with the SAG.
These varieties are long-lasting, more productive and allow growers to achieve higher yields
“The production per plant and the fruit quality of these four new raspberry varieties are far superior to the previous varieties. We kept the large fruit size, good taste, aroma and sweetness. In addition, the plant is more vigorous, which allows growers to have better yields,” said Marina Gambardella, director of the raspberry breeding program.
In this second stage of the raspberry breeding program, developments have been oriented towards sustainability. “We focused on developing resistance to biotic and abiotic stress, which means resistance to diseases and major pests, and resistance to drought and heat.”
Gambardella said he used different rating systems to achieve these characteristics.
There is usually biotechnology support, which is not related to gene editing or GM, but simply to the implementation of certain laboratory techniques to identify resistance to disease and water stress, and to other types such as heat.
“Comparing yields is difficult as it depends on the growing conditions. However, our tests indicate that these new varieties could potentially produce up to 34 tons per hectare, which is very significant if you think that a traditional variety produces 9 to 12 tonnes per hectare,” added Gambardella.
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