|Botanical Name:||Brassica napus|
Bayer CropScience Inc.
Site 600, R.R. #6
P.O. Box 117
Stewart Brandt, Bayer CropScience Inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Varieties used for comparison: 'PPS02-364', 'PPS04-205' and '5440'
Summary: The cotyledon of 'PR4CN578' is narrower than that of '5440' and wider than those of 'PPS02-364' and 'PPS04-205'. 'PR4CN578' flowers later than 'PPS02-364'. The petal of 'PR4CN578' is longer than that of 'PPS04-205' and it is wider than those of the reference varieties. The silique of 'PR4CN578' is shorter than those of the reference varieties. 'PR4CN578' has a shorter beak than that of 'PPS02-364' and a shorter pedicel than that of '5440'. 'PR4CN578' matures later than '5440'.
PLANT: male fertile restorer inbred line, spring type, medium to tall at maturity
COTYLEDON: medium width and length
LEAF: medium green, few lobes, rounded margin, medium density of shallow to medium depth margin dentations, short, narrow to medium width, short to medium length petiole
FLOWER PETAL: yellow, medium length and width
SILIQUE: semi-erect attitude, very short to short, short to medium length beak, short pedicel
SEED COAT: black
AGRONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS: good resistance to lodging
QUALITY CHARACTERISTICS: erucic acid is 0.01 % of total fatty acids, oil content is 45.5% of whole dried seed, protein is 41.1% of dried oil free meal, low glucosinolates (12.2 µmol/g)
CHEMICAL REACTION: resistant to glufosinate ammonium herbicides
DISEASE REACTION: resistant to Blackleg (Leptosphaeria maculans asexual stage: Phoma lingam)
Origin & Breeding History: 'PR4CN578' is a restorer line in the process of F1 hybrid production. It was derived as a doubled haploid line containing the Rf3 gene construct in homozygous state. The cross was made at Bayer CropScience in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2009 with the doubled haploid line being extracted in 2010. 'PR4CN578' was selected in 2014 on the basis of fertility restoration of numerous male sterile lines and expression of tolerance to glufosinate-ammonium herbicide. Other selection parameters included height, vigour, maturity, blackleg resistance, clubroot tolerance, oil content, fatty acid profile, glucosinolate content and combining ability.
Tests & Trials: The comparative trials conducted during the summers of 2014 and 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan were set up in a RCB Design with 3 replications per variety. Each year, the plots consisted of 3 rows that were 6 metres in length with a spacing of 25 cm between rows and 50 cm between plots. The measured characteristics were based on 30 measurements of the cotyledon, leaf, flower and plant height and 60 measurements of the silique. The means were based on a two year average. Mean differences were significant at the 2% probability level based on LSD values.
Comparison tables for 'PR4CN578' with reference varieties 'PPS02-364', 'PPS04-205' and '5440'
Cotyledon width (mm)
Days to flower
Flower petal length (mm)
Flower petal width (mm)
Silique length (mm)
Beak length (mm)
Pedicel length (mm)
Days to maturity
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