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AAC Sens


Denomination: 'AAC Sens'
Previously Proposed Denomination: 'LL0210-60'
Botanical Name: Fragaria × ananassa
Applicant/Holder: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
Ottawa Research and Development Centre
Room 1093A - 960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0C6
Breeder: Shahrokh Khanizadeh, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
Agent in Canada: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization
107 Science Place
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 0X2
Tel: (306) 203-1383
Application Date: 2012-12-24
Application Number: 12-7828
Grant of Rights Date: 2016-08-15
Certificate Number: 5297
Date rights surrendered: 2022-05-24

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Sparkle'

Summary: The plants of 'AAC Sens' have medium density of foliage and a medium number of stolons whereas those of 'Sparkle' have a dense foliage and many stolons. The leaf colour of 'AAC Sens' is light green on the upper side whereas it is blue green on 'Sparkle'. The terminal leaflet of 'AAC Sens' is equal in length and width whereas it is moderately longer in relation to the width for 'Sparkle'. The attitude of the hairs on the petiole of 'AAC Sens' is upwards whereas it is horizontal on 'Sparkle'. 'AAC Sens' has a larger flower diameter than 'Sparkle'. The petal arrangement on the flowers of 'AAC Sens' is free whereas it is touching on 'Sparkle'. The fruit of 'AAC Sens' is medium to large with a conical shape and an orange red colour whereas that of 'Sparkle' is small with a cordate shape and a dark red colour. The band without achenes on the fruit of 'AAC Sens' is very narrow to narrow whereas it is narrow to medium width on 'Sparkle'. The achenes are positioned below the fruit surface for 'AAC Sens' whereas they are level with the fruit surface for 'Sparkle'. The calyx attachment of the fruit of 'AAC Sens' is raised whereas it is level with the fruit of 'Sparkle'.


PLANT: semi-upright growth habit, medium density of foliage, non remontant type of fruit bearing

STOLONS: medium number, strong intensity of anthocyanin colouration, absent or sparse density of pubescence

LEAF: small to medium size, light green on upper side, absent or weak blistering, medium glossiness, no variegation
TERMINAL LEAFLET: equal in length and width, acute base, serrate to crenate margin, concave shape in cross-section
PETIOLE: short to medium, upwards attitude of hairs
STIPULE: weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration

INFLORESCENCE: positioned below foliage, medium number of flowers, slightly outwards attitude of hairs on pedicel
FLOWER: calyx diameter larger than corolla, stamens present
PETALS: free, equal in length and width, white on upper side

FRUIT: equal in length and width, medium to large, conical, very narrow to narrow band without achenes
FRUIT SKIN: orange red colour, even or very slightly uneven colour, strong glossiness, slightly uneven surface
ACHENES: inserted below level of fruit surface
CALYX: attachment raised above surface of fruit, outwards attitude of sepals, same diameter as fruit, strong adherence of calyx
FRUIT FLESH: firm, light red, light red core, medium size cavity

Origin & Breeding History: 'AAC Sens' (experimental designation LL0210-60) originated from the controlled cross between 'SJ8518-11' and 'SJ89264-6' made in 2002 by Dr. Shahrokh Khanizadeh at the Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, in Quebec. Selection criteria included yield, fruit size, disease resistance, shelf life and fruit colour as it compared to 'Kent' and 'Jewel'. In 2007, the variety was selected for commercial evaluation.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'AAC Sens' were conducted in Lavaltrie, Quebec during the 2014 growing season. In the spring of 2013, a total of twenty plants were planted. Plants were spaced approximately 40 cm apart along 5 metre rows spaced 1.3 metres apart. Each variety consisted of approximately 250 plants when examined. Measured characteristics were based on 15 measurements. Mean differences were significant at the 5% probability level based on a paired Student's t-test.

Comparison table for 'AAC Sens' with reference variety 'Sparkle'

Flower diameter (cm)

  'AAC Sens' 'Sparkle'
mean 2.30 1.90
std. deviation 0.23 0.24

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AAC Sens
Strawberry: 'AAC Sens' (right) with the reference variety 'Sparkle' (left)

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Strawberry: 'AAC Sens' (right) with the reference variety 'Sparkle' (left)

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