Plants of the newly released primocane raspberry RBC16P4 (provisionally named Skye) from James Hutton Limited (commercial subsidiary of the renowned James Hutton Institute) will shortly be available for commercial use. Global Plant Genetics represents certain James Hutton Limited raspberry varieties in select territories.
The breeding program at James Hutton Limited started to work on primocane types in 2012. Its scope is to create brand-new, targeted and enhanced raspberry varieties, a process accelerated via the ingenious science of the James Hutton Institute.
RBC16P4 (Skye) is a mid-late autumn, primocane raspberry, highly productive and with high potential to double crop with exceptional fruit quality. The colour is a mid to light red which is maintained after picking. It has great size, shape and flavour. The vigour of the variety is considerable and the canes grow to a good height. The combination of this vigorous growth habit and fruit quality make it adaptable to both summer and autumn harvesting so the variety can be readily double cropped.
Jamie Petchell, who leads Global Plant Genetics efforts in raspberries commented, “We are delighted to have struck a raspberry representation deal with the world-renowned James Hutton Limited Raspberry Breeding Consortium. Their raspberry varieties have been well-known globally for a long time now. Their recent developments present growers across the world with an opportunity to access material that will further boost their own production. The new variety RBC16P4 (Skye) delivers on all levels required in today’s competitive raspberry landscape. It is truly world-class.”