During our trip to Benguet, March 16-18, 2017, we met the gentleman who is considered the most knowledgeable in strawberry breeding at the Benguet State University. He is Dr. Danilo P. Padua, formerly dean of the BSU College of Agriculture, now a full-time professor.
He is very proud of four new hybrid strawberry that he developed which have been submitted to the National Seed Industry Council for accreditation.
BSU SWEET – His No.1 hybrid has a proposed name of BSU Sweet, a cross of Fern and Strawberry Festival. It has a very high potential yield of 25.3 tons per hectare. The fruit is big, juicy, sweet, deep red, with shape that is either normally long conic or necked. It has compact crown and thick foliage. It has prolific flowering and runnering ability. This means, more plantlets can be produced from its runners.The plantlets produced can be sold to other planters.The new hybrid is moderately resistant to mites and thrips, the two most important pests of strawberry.
CORDIDA -This is his second hybrid, a cross of Toyonoka x (Fern x Toyonoka). It is also high-yielding with a potential yield of 24.8 tons per hectare. Moderately resistant to mites and thrips. Sweet, big fruit shaped conic to long conic. Fruits have good shipping quality. It has profuse flowering, early maturity. Good runnering ability.
BSU PIERRE – This is a cross of Toyonoka x Rosa Linda.The fruits are dull red colored, irregular shaped and very sweet. The leaves are relatively broader and thinner than other varieties but they are good for making tea fusion. It is early flowering. Has potential yhield of 18 tons per hectare. Moderately resistant to mites and thrips.
AGSAPA – This is a cross of Selva xToyonoka. Sweet, medium to big-size fruits that are heart-shaped.Suitable for organic production, good for strawberry tea fusion. It is non-photoperiodic so it can be grown any time of the year. Potential yield is 18.7 tons per hectare.