CIVL519 is the new promising selection of low-chill strawberries that CIV is testing with excellent development prospects that could complement the CIVS115 Parthenope®.
“In the beginning of 2020,” explains CIV breeder Michelangelo Leis, “we are developing with our Partners new varieties of low-chill strawberries of Italy and Spain. We are registering the first yields of CIVL519 selection in Sicily and the province of Huelva with amazing results. In parallel, another production is currently also in progress in Campania and Metapontino. CIVL519 ripens early compared to other varieties currently on the market, is more productive, has high quality fruits (consistent size, high brix level, and excellent aromatic elements), and is very consistent. The fruits are uniformly bright red, very attractive, with a compact interior of homogeneous red color. The plants bear simultaneously ripe fruits, green fruits and flowers, as a hallmark of great production continuity."
Marco Bertolazzi, CIV Business Development Manager, adds that "the new CIVL519 shows semi-erect habitus, medium vigor, high productivity, precocity and is genetically very tolerant with regards to leaf and root diseases, including powdery mildew. CIVL519 is the earliest selection among the new CIV varieties. From our advanced trial tests, also carried out by expert companies with which we have been collaborating for years, we have obtained very promising results exhibiting better quality and quantity productions than the earliest varieties currently on the market, obtaining the peak when the prices are still high, meaning before the April production season. Finally, this selection performs very well even from rooted stems, allowing to harvest high quality fruits even in December."
Bertolazzi adds: "CIVL519 also has an excellent fruit quality of a regular conical shape, with consistent pulp and sweet taste. The fruits have a homogeneous red color without white shoulder even when exposed to low temperatures or low light. It is important to emphasize that these organoleptic characteristics persist throughout the season."
“The CIVL519 variety, explains CIV breeder Michelangelo Leis, confirms the benefits of our Research & Development Program in full compliance with the following guidelines: natural resilience of plants, easy production according to conventional agronomic techniques, and good adaptability to integrated and organic production methods, excellent organoleptic and shelf-life characteristics.”
Marco Bertolazzi concludes: “We are confident that CIVL519 will confirm its high performance throughout the 2020 harvest campaign! Then, we could think of new enhancement strategies in order to enrich CIV Portfolio with a very early ripening offer, currently missing among CIV varieties for Mediterranean climates, such as: Flavia* (fruit quality), Nabila* (productivity), CIVS115* Parthenope® (earliness and quality of fruit) and Flaminia* (quality of fruit), and CIVS906* ELIDE® (quality of fruit at the end of the season). CIVS906* ELIDE® variety is interesting, representing the medium-late offer of CIV, capable of offering the highest quality fruits even in the final months of the season (April-May-June)."