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‘Red Rhapsody’ Strawberry

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Herrington, M., Neal, J., Woolcock, L., Paynter, M., Gomez, A. and De Faveri, J. (2019) ‘Red Rhapsody’ Strawberry. HortScience, 54 (9). pp. 1641-1643. ISSN 0018-5345


Article Link: https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI14024-19


Queensland’s winter strawberry (Fragaria ×ananassa Duch.) industry would benefit by having an early ripening, more profitable cultivar to replace current cultivars. ‘Strawberry Festival’ (Chandler et al., 2000) and, more recently, ‘Florida Radiance’ (Chandler et al., 2009) were introduced to Queensland and rapidly became major early-season cultivars with fruit and plant attributes desirable to growers. ‘Florida Radiance’ is marketed in Australia as ‘Florida Fortuna’. The average fruit size of ‘Strawberry Festival’ is less than ‘Florida Radiance’, but the latter is more difficult to establish in the field. Numerous plant losses sometimes occur, especially when demand for early supply of runners results in premature digging and lower quality runners.
The commercial desirability of strawberry cultivars for producers, distributors, retailers, and consumers depends on many traits. Supply volumes influence market prices and profitability to the producer. Producer profitability is a key need for a stable production system. Herrington et al., (2012) analyzed the production and marketing system in Queensland in relation to the effect of changes in plant traits on the notional profitability of production. When this information was combined with genetic parameters, they found (Herrington et al., 2014) the key drivers of greater profitability compared with the current profitability in subtropical Southeast Queensland were having a greater proportion of yield early in the season and having a larger fruit size. In the development of ‘Red Rhapsody’ (Fig. 1), we focused on selecting for these traits while maintaining levels of other traits at or above commercially acceptable threshold levels.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Keywords:Fragaria ×ananassa; fruit breeding; subtropical region
Subjects:Science > Botany > Genetics
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Methods and systems of culture. Cropping systems
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Berries and small fruits
Live Archive:26 Nov 2019 00:01
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:45

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