|WHITAKER, VANCE - University Of Florida|
|OSORIO, LUIS - University Of Florida|
|PERES, NATALIA - University Of Florida|
|FAN, ZHEN - University Of Florida|
|HERRINGTON, MARK - Agri-Sciences Queensland|
|DO NASCIMENTO NUNES, CECILIA - University Of South Florida|
|SIMS, CHARLES - University Of Florida|
Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/31/2017
Publication Date: 10/31/2017
Citation: Whitaker, V.M., Osorio, L.F., Peres, N.A., Fan, Z., Herrington, M., Do Nascimento Nunes, C.M., Plotto, A., Sims, C.A. 2017. 'Florida Beauty' strawberry. HortScience. 52(10):1443-1447. https://doi.org/10.21273/hortsci12281-17.
Interpretive Summary: The leading strawberry cultivars grown in Florida in 2016-2017 were ‘Florida Radiance’ (70% of the acreage in west-central Florida), followed by Sweet Sensation® ‘Florida127’ (~ 20% of acreage). ‘Florida Beauty’ strawberry is a new cultivar, which has demonstrated adaptation to early planting, filling a gap in winter and early spring production. It has maintained excellent fruit quality and a yield distribution that complements current commercial standards.
Technical Abstract: ‘Florida Beauty’ strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) originated from a 2012 cross made by the Queensland breeding program between Queensland Australia selection 2010-119 (female parent) and ‘Florida Radiance’ (male parent). Selection 2010-119 was chosen as a parent for its excellent fruit shape and flavor. This selection also had the University of Florida cultivar ‘Strawberry Festival’ in its background which is outstanding for its firmness and rain tolerance. In 2016 two consumer panels with over 100 untrained panelists gave similar ratings to ‘Florida Beauty’ and ‘Florida Radiance’. In 2017 ‘Florida Beauty’ typically had ratings intermediate to ‘Florida Radiance’ and ‘Florida127’ with some ratings not different from ‘Florida127’. In trained sensory panels conducted on eight harvest dates over three seasons, significant differences were clearly apparent. ‘Florida Beauty’ exhibited higher sweetness and strawberry flavor ratings than ‘Florida Radiance’ on all the harvests evaluated and had similar ratings to ‘Florida127’ on some harvest dates. This is consistent with higher SSC for ‘Florida Beauty’ when compared with ‘Florida Radiance’ on all harvest dates.