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Denomination: 'BC90423'
Botanical Name: Rubus idaeus
Applicant/Holder: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Agassiz
6947 #7 Highway
P.O. Box 1000
Agassiz, British Columbia
V0M 1A0
Breeder: Chaim Kempler, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Agassiz, British Columbia
Agent in Canada: Summerland Varieties Corp. (SVC)
105-13677 Rosedale Avenue
Summerland, British Columbia
V0H 1Z5
Tel: 250-494-5164
Application Date: 2009-10-23
Application Number: 09-6751
Protective direction granted: - -
Grant of Rights Date: 2011-08-17
Certificate Number: 4114
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2029-08-17

Variety Description

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

Summary: The number of current season's canes of 'BC90423' is medium while it is many for 'Meeker'. The dormant canes of 'BC90423' are longer than those of 'Tulameen'. The dormant canes of 'BC90423' are brownish grey while those of the reference varieties are greyish brown. The anthocyanin colouration on the current season's cane has medium intensity in 'BC90423', while it is absent or very weak in 'Tulameen', and weak in 'Meeker'. 'BC90423' has sparse density of spines while they are medium to dense in 'Meeker'. The fruit of 'BC90423' is medium to broad while the fruit of 'Meeker' is narrow to medium in width. Time of vegetative bud burst of 'BC90423' is early, while it is medium in 'Tulameen', and late in 'Meeker'. Time of beginning of flowering and fruit ripening on previous year's cane of 'BC90423' is early while it is medium for the reference varieties. The fruiting period of 'BC90423' is medium in length while it is long for 'Tulameen'.


PLANT: upright growth habit, medium number of current season's canes, fruit bearing on previous year's canes in summer only
VERY YOUNG SHOOT: weak anthocyanin colouration at apex during rapid growth

CURRENT SEASON'S CANE: medium bloom, medium anthocyanin colouration, medium length internode, medium length vegetative bud
PREVIOUS SEASON'S CANE IN SUMMER: brownish grey dormant cane, erect attitude of fruiting lateral, time of vegetative bud burst is early, time of beginning of flowering is early, time of beginning of fruit ripening is early, length of fruiting period is medium
SPINES: present, sparse density, small size of base, medium length, brownish purple

LEAF: medium green on upper side, equally three and five leaflets per leaf, convex profile in cross-section, medium rugosity, free position of lateral leaflets

PEDICEL: few spines
PEDUNCLE: no anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: medium size

FRUIT: medium length, medium to broad in width, medium length/width ratio, conical in lateral view, medium size single drupe, medium to dark red, medium glossiness, firm, weak adherence to plug

Origin & Breeding History: 'BC90423' is the result of a cross made in 1990 between 'Qualicum' and 'BC86-41-15' at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Abbotsford substation, British Columbia. The selection criteria used were fruit appearance, taste, flesh texture, harvest timing, plant quality, productivity, precocity, and disease resistance.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'BC90423' were conducted at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Abbotsford Substation, British Columbia during 2009 and 2010. The trial included 25 plants per variety, separated into 3 replications. Plots were 3 metres long rows, with a plant spacing of 0.9 metres between plants and 3 metres between the rows.

Comparison table for 'BC90423' with reference varieties 'Tulameen' and 'Meeker'

Dormant cane:length (cm)

  'BC90423' 'Tulameen' 'Meeker'
mean 199.70 190.00 207.50
standard deviation 10.02 9.48 9.35

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Raspberry: 'BC90423' (top, centre) with the reference varieties 'Tulameen' (bottom left) and 'Meeker' (bottom right)

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