Dr Nikki Jennings, Raspberry Breeder for the programme and Jamie Smith, Business Manager for Agri Tech added their thoughts, “We are very excited by the collaboration with GPG, the release of the three new varieties from our breeding programme and now their potential application in Morocco and Tunisia. All three varieties follow the trend towards larger, sweeter berries that better meet the demands of both growers and consumers. We hope that growers will especially appreciate the improved picking efficiency of the primocanes (Lewis and Skye) with the combination of productivity and large fruit size. We are also particularly excited by the release of the floricane (Glen Mor) as the first variety with the presence of a functional root rot resistance marker, thus combining a known Phytophthora resistance with superior fruit quality in a single cultivar.”
In addition to the new opportunity for raspberry growers in Morocco and Tunisia, Global Plant Genetics is also licensing these varieties in a range of other territories across the world, including South / North America, Australia, Southern Africa and a number of others. Growers in these locations are encouraged to get in touch with the team at GPG on firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to access the varieties.