March 13, 2015 By Press release
March 13, 2015, Clyde River, PEI – Phytocultures is set to release exciting new haskap clones with unique flavours, later uniform ripening times, and the capacity and resilience to withstand mechanized harvesting and packaging systems.
These innovations in variety development have the potential to help transform this emerging berry crop into an industry with substantial economic impact.
A relatively recent introduction to North America, haskap are gaining recognition not only for their tasty, antioxidant-rich, and versatile berries, but also for their adaptability and tolerance to the adverse growing conditions of the region. Haskap offer an excellent permaculture opportunity for commercial producers, whether looking to make use of marginal land or put acreage into new production.
These distinct clones have been founded on extensive research and development that began in 2008 in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan. They are positioned to change the commercial market for this nutritious, cold-hardy berry, striking a balance between the appealing traits of Phytocultures’ existing varieties with enhanced characteristics for commercialization, creating the optimal berry for mechanical management that will enable growers to improve production efficiencies.
Propagation and trials through Phytocultures’ breeding program are currently underway. Existing customers and partners will be first notified of availability later this year, with widespread release in 2016.
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