[nafex] British Sovereign Strawberries

Margie Luffman luffmanm at EM.AGR.CA
Wed Nov 14 14:40:46 EST 2001


Hello again. I went through some of my reference material and found mention of a couple other 'old' cultivars that came from British Columbia: Empire All Red (1934) and New Victoria (1930). Aggasiz was released in 1957 from the highly successful breeding program at the Vancouver Research Station. Of these, only Aggasiz is in the Genebank as well as more modern ones from British Columbia and other parts of Canada.  The Genebank also has a very large holding of indigenous Fagaria chiloensis collected from the BC coast and all the way up the Queen Charlotte Islands. F. chiloensis (the Pacific Coast strawberry) has a geographical distribution from Chile to Alaska.

Margie

Margie Luffman
Curator, Canadian Clonal Genebank Program
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Greenhouse and Processing Crops Research Centre
2585 County Road 20
Harrow, Ontario
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>>> jhecksel at voyager.net 11/13/01 06:30pm >>>


Margie Luffman wrote:
> 
> Hello Jojo. The Canadian Clonal Genebank (CCG) has this older variety in its strawberry holdings. British Sovereign originated in British Columbia in the 1920's. The  CCG provides germplasm of this sort at no charge to clients. Please e-mail back to me to confirm your request. I need your regular mailing address. The plants will be propagated and shipped next year.

Are there any other clones that originated in BC?  Memory is a fragile
thing, but it seems that I vaguely remember BC being the northern limit
of F. chiloensis (?) and that suggests that there might wild genes might
be injected that were not available to the early European breeders.

Just an off the wall question.  Also, are there any interesting tastes
or more intense fragrance in those older BC clones?

> 
> Margie Luffman
> Curator, Canadian Clonal Genebank Program
> Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
> Greenhouse and Processing Crops Research Centre
> 2585 County Road 20
> Harrow, Ontario
> N0R 1G0
> 
>

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