US: New strawberry species found in Oregon

A recently discovered wild strawberry provides new genetic material for plant research and may lead to a new class of commercial strawberries, according to a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist. Genes from the newly created strawberries may yield new flavors or disease resistance.Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Kim Hummer, with the National Clonal Germplasm Repository at Corvallis, Ore., found the new species during several plant collection expeditions in the high peaks of Oregon's Cascade Mountains. She named it Fragaria cascadensis.

The new strawberry is a perennial plant with white flowers and green leaves, and it differs from other strawberry species of the region by having hairs on the upper side of its leaves, comma-shaped, small brown fruits called "achenes" on the strawberry surface, and 10 sets of chromosomes, unlike the eight sets in commercial strawberries.

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