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Denomination: 'Moutere'
Botanical Name: Rubus idaeus
Applicant/Holder: The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd.
120 Mt. Albert Road
Mt. Albert
New Zealand
Breeder: The Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand Limited, Auckland, New Zealand
Agent in Canada: Smart & Biggar LLP
P.O. Box 2999, Station D
55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 900
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5Y6
Tel: 613-232-2486 ex. 1279
Application Date: 2004-06-01
Application Number: 04-4216
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-07-20
Certificate Number: 3895
Date rights revoked: 2017-07-20

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Tulameen' and 'Meeker'

Summary: There is no anthocyanin colouration on the current season's cane of 'Moutere' whereas it is medium in intensity on 'Meeker'. The internodes on the current season's canes of 'Moutere' are long whereas they are medium in length on 'Meeker'. The dormant canes of 'Moutere' are shorter than those of both reference varieties. 'Moutere' has predominantly five leaflets per leaf whereas 'Tulameen' has equally three and five leaflets and 'Meeker' has predominantly three leaflets. The spines on the pedicel of 'Moutere' are absent to very few whereas 'Meeker' has a medium amount. The fruiting lateral of 'Moutere' is longer than that of both reference varieties. The fruit shape of 'Moutere' is trapezoidal whereas it is conical on 'Tulameen' and broad conical on 'Meeker'. The fruit of 'Moutere' has weak to medium glossiness whereas it is strong on 'Tulameen'. The fruit of 'Moutere' has strong adherence to the plug whereas it is medium in 'Tulameen' and weak in 'Meeker'. The fruit of 'Moutere' begins ripening early in the season whereas 'Tulameen' and 'Meeker' are both mid-season varieties. The fruiting period of 'Moutere' is short to medium in length whereas it is long to very long for 'Tulameen' and medium length for 'Meeker'.


PLANT: upright, medium number of current season's canes, fruit bearing only on previous year's cane in summer
VERY YOUNG SHOOT: no anthocyanin colouration at apex during rapid growth

CANE: mid-season vegetative bud burst, weak to medium bloom, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration, long internode, dormant cane greyish brown in colour
SPINES: sparse, small at base, short, purple

LEAF: medium green, predominanatly five leaflets per leaf, concave profile in cross-section, medium to strong rugosity, free lateral leaflets

PEDICEL: absent or very few spines
PEDUNCLE: strong anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: medium size

FRUIT: medium to long in length, medium to broad in width, medium to large length/width ratio, trapezoidal in lateral view, medium size single drupe, dark red, weak to medium glossiness, medium firmness, strong adherence to plug
FRUITING PERIOD: short to medium length

Origin & Breeding History: 'Moutere' (trialled as 'HR112') resulted from crossing 'Haida' as the female parent with 'Qualicum' as the male parent, originally made in 1987 by Agriculture Canada in British Columbia. The resulting seed was sent to HortResearch Institute in Motueka, New Zealand in 1987 and was subsequently treated and sown in July, 1987. Field planting was carried out in November, 1988 with selections conducted in December, 1990. 'Moutere' was field trialled for fresh and process market potential during the 1991 to 1995 growing seasons.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Moutere' were conducted at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Clearbrook Substation, near Abbotsford, British Columbia during the 2007 and 2008 growing seasons. Three replicates of each variety were planted in randomized complete block design with 0.9 metres between plants and 3 metres between the rows. Measured characteristics were based on a minimum of 10 measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Moutere' with reference varieties 'Tulameen' and 'Meeker'

Dormant cane length (cm)

  'Moutere' 'Tulameen' 'Meeker'
mean 172.58 281.00 251.00
std. deviation 5.26 17 18

Terminal leaflet length (cm)

  'Moutere' 'Tulameen' 'Meeker'
mean 10.04 11.80 10.60
std. deviation 0.90 1.07 0.93

Fruiting lateral length (cm)

  'Moutere' 'Tulameen' 'Meeker'
mean 65.12 48.11 56.87
std. deviation 10.17 11.56 12.68

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Raspberry: 'Moutere' (left) with reference varieties 'Tulameen' (centre) and 'Meeker' (right)

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Raspberry: 'Moutere' (left) with reference varieties 'Tulameen' (centre) and 'Meeker' (right)

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