|Trade name:||Driscoll's Monarca|
|Botanical Name:||Fragaria ×ananassa|
A California Corporation
P.O. Box 50045, 345 Westridge Drive
United States of America
Kristie L. Gilford, Dover, United States of America
Bruce D. Mowrey, Watsonville, United States of America
Philip J. Stewart, Watsonville, United States of America
Esther J. Pullen, Valrico, United States of America
Rodriguez Alcazar Jorge, Driscoll's, Inc., Watsonville, United States of America
|Agent in Canada:||
Expert Agriculture Team Ltd.
46420 Prairie Central Road
Chilliwack, British Columbia
|Grant of Rights Date:||2016-03-22|
|Grant of Rights Termination Date:||2036-03-22|
Varieties used for comparison: 'Sanibel' and 'Festival'
Summary: The plants of 'DrisStrawSeven' have dense foliage and strong vigour whereas the plants of 'Sanibel' have sparse to medium density of foliage and medium vigour. The inflorescence of 'DrisStrawSeven' is positioned beneath the foliage whereas it is positioned above the foliage for 'Sanibel'. The number of stolons on the plants of 'DrisStrawSeven' is few whereas they are absent or very few for 'Sanibel' and many for 'Festival'. The intensity of anthocyanin colouration on the stolons of 'DrisStrawSeven' is medium whereas it is absent or very weak on 'Sanibel' and very weak on 'Festival'. The pubescence on the stolons of 'DrisStrawSeven' is dense whereas it is absent or sparse on both reference varieties. The blistering on the leaves of 'DrisStrawSeven' is strong whereas it is absent or weak on 'Sanibel' and medium on 'Festival'. The intensity of anthocyanin colouration on the stipules of 'DrisStrawSeven' is strong to very strong whereas it is weak to medium on 'Sanibel' and medium on 'Festival'. The flower petals of 'DrisStrawSeven' are overlapping whereas they are free on 'Sanibel' and touching on 'Festival'. The fruit colour of 'DrisStrawSeven' is orange red whereas it is medium red on 'Sanibel' and dark red on 'Festival'. Excluding the core, the fruit flesh of 'DrisStrawSeven' is light pink whereas it is light red on 'Sanibel' and dark red on 'Festival'. The fruit core of 'DrisStrawSeven' is white whereas it is light red in 'Sanibel' and medium red in 'Festival'.
PLANT: upright growth habit, dense foliage, strong vigour, day neutral type
STOLONS: few, medium intensity of anthocyanin colouration, dense pubescence
LEAF: large, medium green on upper side, strong blistering, strong glossiness, no variegation
TERMINAL LEAFLET: much longer than width, obtuse base, serrate and crenate margin, concave shape in cross-section
PETIOLE: long, horizontal attitude of hairs
STIPULE: strong to very strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration
TIME OF BEGINNING OF FLOWERING: mid-season
INFLORESCENCE: positioned beneath foliage, many flowers, upwards attitude of hairs on pedicel
FLOWER: calyx diameter same size as corolla, stamens present
PETALS: overlapping, equal in length and width, white
TIME OF BEGINNING OF FRUIT RIPENING: mid-season
FRUIT: equal in length and width, medium size, conical, absent or very narrow band without achenes
FRUIT SKIN: orange red, slightly uneven colour, medium glossiness, even or very slightly uneven surface
ACHENES: inserted below the fruit surface
CALYX: attachment level with fruit, outwards attitude of sepals, same diameter as fruit
FRUIT FLESH: firm, light pink, white core, absent or small cavity
Origin & Breeding History: 'DrisStrawSeven' arose from the cross of the unnamed proprietary variety '77GI' (female parent) by the variety 'Camarillo' (male parent) conducted in June 2002 in Hillsborough County, Florida, USA. In June 2003, 'DrisStrawSeven' was initially selected from the seedling population based on large fruit size and fruiting cycle. It was asexually propagated at Driscoll Nursery in Shasta County, California and underwent further propagation and testing for four years at the nursery in Hillsborough County, Florida, USA.
Tests & Trials: Trials for 'DrisStrawSeven' were conducted in Chilliwack, British Columbia during the 2014 growing season. The plots were planted in the spring of 2013 in a randomized complete block design (RCBD). Each variety consisted of 3 replicates/variety with 5 plants per replicate (for a total of 15 plants of each variety). Plants were spaced approximately 30 centimetres between plants in the row and spaced approximately 2.5 metres apart between rows. Measured characteristics were based on 10 measurements.
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