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Denomination: 'Gala'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: Norika Nordring Kartoffelzucht und Vermehrungs GmbH
Parkweg 4
D-18190, Sanitz
Gross Lüsewitz
Breeder: Wolfgang Walter, Norika Nordring Kartoffelzucht und Vermehrungs GmbH, Gross Lüsewitz, Germany
Agent in Canada: Global Agri Services Inc.
376 New Maryland Highway
New Maryland, New Brunswick
E3C 1E5
Tel: 506-462-9493
Application Date: 2006-07-24(priority claimed)
Application Number: 06-5561
Protective direction granted: 2006-07-24
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-06-26
Certificate Number: 3241
Exemption from compulsory licensing: Yes
Expiry date for exemption from compulsory licensing: 2010-06-26
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2026-06-26

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Sante'

Summary: 'Gala' has a broad cylindrical light sprout shape while 'Sante' has an ovoid light sprout shape. 'Gala' has a higher proportion of blue in the anthocyanin colouration at the base of the light sprout than 'Sante'.


PLANT: semi-upright growth habit, leaf type foliage structure
STEM: weak anthocyanin colouration, thin, nodes with absent or very low swelling

LEAVES: medium green, intermediate silhouette, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on upper side of rachis and petiole, medium depth of veins, medium waviness of margin, medium glossiness on upper side, no pubescence on leaves at apical rosette, medium presence of secondary leaflets
TERMINAL LEAFLET: medium ovate shape, acute to acuminate tip, obtuse to cordate base, absent or very low frequency of coalescence with lateral leaflets
LATERAL LEAFLETS: medium size, narrow ovate shape, acute to acuminate tip, obtuse to cordate base

INFLORESCENCE: medium to high flowering profusion, medium size, flower buds persistent, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration in flower bud.
COROLLA: white, medium size, weakly prominent star, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on peduncle

TUBER: round to oval
TUBER SKIN: yellow, yellow at base of eye, medium anthocyanin colouration on skin in reaction to light, smooth texture
TUBER EYES: shallow in depth, evenly distributed, eyebrows slightly prominent
TUBER FLESH: medium to dark yellow, no secondary colour

LIGHT SPROUT: medium size, broad cylindrical shape, low number of root tips, short lateral shoots
BASE: medium anthocyanin colouration, medium proportion of blue in anthocyanin, sparse pubescence
TIP: smaller than base, closed habit, weak anthocyanin colouration, sparse pubescence.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Gala' originated from a cross between 2.6 720-86 and 'Leyla', made in Gross Lüsewitz, Germany in 1992. Final selection took place in the field as a seedling in 1993. A recurrent selection technique was utilized in its development. Selection criteria included maturity, yield, disease resistance, processing traits and storage characteristics.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Gala' were conducted in Drummond, New Brunswick in 2006. All entries were planted in single-row plots. Plots consisted of rows 22 metres long with 30 cm in row spacing and between row spacing of 91 cm. Measured characteristics were based on 10 measurements. Colour determinations were made using the 1986 RHS colour chart.

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Potato: 'Gala' (left) with reference variety 'Sante' (right)

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