AC Red Island

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Leaf Flowers Plant
Sprout Tuber Sliced tuber


  • Origin & Breeding: bred by K.G. Proudfoot from the cross (Brigus x Redsen) at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Atlantic Cool Climate Crop Research Center in St. John's, Newfoundland. Selected in 1987.
  • Year registered in Canada: 2000
  • Registration number: 5098
  • Maturity: mid-season

Botanical Features

  • Plants: medium size; upright; stems have purple pigmentation, more intense in younger foliage, especially in side shoots in leaf axils; nodes not swollen; wings prominent.
  • Leaves: dark green, smooth, open; midribs purple, very slightly pubescent; petioles very slightly pigmented and very slightly to not pubescent.
    Terminal leaflets: ovate; tip cuspidate, base asymmetrical.
    Primary leaflets: three to four pairs widely separated; oval.
    Secondary leaflets: few, variable in size, usually large.
    Tertiary leaflets: variable in number, small.
  • Flowers: numerous; lavender corolla, medium size; buds purple, pubescent; yellow anthers; infrequent berries.
  • Tubers: round to oval; bright red skin; shallow eyes, predominantly apical; creamy white flesh.
  • Sprouts: slightly pubescent; red-pink pigmented base; apex green.

Agricultural Features

High yielding variety of medium size tubers. Tubers have very good red colour which is retained during storage. High specific gravity.

  • Utilization: good for boiling, baking and french frying.
  • Chief Market: fresh market for red skinned variety.

Reaction to Diseases

Resistant: potato wart (pathotype 2, 8).
Good resistance: late blight.
Moderately resistant: common scab.

References: 1

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