Electra

Potato

Denomination: 'Electra'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: Irish Potato Marketing Limited
G House Sandyford
76 Furze Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate
Dublin
D18
Ireland
Breeder: Teagasc Crops Research Centre, Carlow, Ireland
Agent in Canada: Global Agri Services Inc.
376 New Maryland Highway
New Maryland, New Brunswick
E3C 1E5
Canada
Tel: 506-462-9493
Application Date: 2008-05-16
Application Number: 08-6342
Protective direction granted: 2008-05-16
Protective direction withdrawn: 2012-04-20
Grant of Rights Date: 2013-05-31
Certificate Number: 4516
Exemption from compulsory licensing: Yes
Expiry date for exemption from compulsory licensing: 2015-05-31
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2031-05-31

Note: The applicant has requested an exemption from compulsory licensing to allow time to multiply and distribute propagating material of the variety. If the exemption is granted, it may be allowed for two years from the date rights are granted for the variety.


Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Yukon Gold'

Summary: The lightsprout base of 'Electra' has a weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration and sparse pubescence while there is a medium to strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration and dense pubescence for 'Yukon Gold'. 'Electra' has an absent or very weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration on the lightsprout tip while it is medium intensity for 'Yukon Gold'. The intensity of anthocyanin colouration of the flower corolla of 'Electra' is absent or very weak while it is weak to medium for 'Yukon Gold'. 'Electra' has an absent or very low extent of anthocyanin colouration on the inner side of the flower corolla while it is high for 'Yukon Gold'. The maturity of 'Electra' is very late while it is early to medium for 'Yukon Gold'.

Description:

PLANT: intermediate type foliage structure, semi-upright growth habit, very late maturity

STEM: absent of anthocyanin colouration

LEAVES: medium to large outline, closed to open openness, medium presence of secondary leaflets, medium green, absent or very low extent of absent or very weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration on the midrib of the upper side, absent or very low frequency of coalescence of terminal and lateral leaflets
SECOND PAIR OF LATERAL LEAFLETS: large size, narrower than long width in relation to length
LEAFLET: weak waviness of margin, shallow veins, dull glossiness of upper side, no pubescence on blade at apical rosette

INFLORESCENCE: low frequency per plant, small, absent or very low extent of anthocyanin colouration on peduncle
FLOWER BUD: low extent of anthocyanin colouration
COROLLA: medium size, absent or very low extent of anthocyanin colouration on the inner side, anthocyanin absent or very weak in intensity with absent or low proportion of blue

TUBER: short oval, medium yellow flesh
TUBER EYES: shallow depth
TUBER SKIN: yellow, red at base of eye, medium anthocyanin colouration in reaction to light

LIGHTSPROUT: small to medium size, spherical, medium number of root tips, short lateral shoots
LIGHTSPROUT BASE: weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration, absent or low proportion of blue in the anthocyanin colouration, weak pubescence
LIGHTSPROUT TIP: medium size in relation to base, closed habit, absent or very weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration, sparse pubescence

Origin & Breeding History: The origin of 'Electra' is the result of a cross made in 1997 between C1992/42 and 'Picasso' at the Teagasc Oak Park Research Centre in Carlow, Co. Carlow, Ireland. The selection criteria included earliness, skin finish quality, disease resistance, yield and taste.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials were conducted during the 2011 growing season in Drummond, New Brunswick. Plots consisted of 60 plants grown in a single row with a row length of 18.5 meters and a row spacing of 0.9 meters. Plants were spaced 0.3 meters apart within the row.

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Electra
Potato: 'Electra' (left) with reference variety 'Yukon Gold' (right)