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Italy: Three new red apricot varieties

International Plant Selection introduced three new red apricot varieties as part of the Rubyngo family - Rubilis, Rubissia and Rubely. They were presented on 15th June 2015 at the Vivai F.lli Zanzi facility. 

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Technical day held in Ferrara on 15th June 2017 to present Rubyngo red apricots

"These are self-fertile varieties which will be available as of 2018/19, as they are currently only exclusive to Albisole. We have been testing them for years and can confirm they are truly excellent," explained Giovanni, Enrico, Riccardo and Matteo Zanzi to the 350 people who attended.

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Left to right: Julien Darnaud (IPS director), Giovanni Zanzi, Christian Bois (Newcot), Alexandre Darnaud (IPS), Enrico, Riccardo and Matteo Zanzi

All three varieties have been cultivated with the same technique and using the same rootstock (Mirabolano 29C) and agronomic conditions. Particular attention was paid to prevent Monilia during blossoming and treatments included multiple active principles.

"Rubilis ripens at the same time as Mediabel and 7 days earlier than Orangered. Brix level is 12 degrees with good texture, high productivity and 3A/2A grades. We thinned the variety by machine and finished by hand."

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The Rubilis variety ripens 7 days earlier than Orangered

We tried a few fruits directly from the tree and can confirm they are really nice with a good Brix level and texture. Apricots also have a good resistance, especially considering that, in the Ferrara area, temperatures have been exceeding 35°C during the day and do not drop below 23°C at night. Plants seemed a little sensitive to bacteriosis, but Zanzi explained that they did not apply a specific treatment to test the variety's rusticity.

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Rubissia variety

Rubissia ripens a few days later than Rubilis. Colour is deep red and uniform and fruits have a good flavour, even slightly more aromatic than the first. In this case too, this is the first year trees have been producing significant volumes. 

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Rubely variety

The third variety, Rubely, ripens 10 days later than Rubilis. We didn't get the chance to try it but, according to the technical sheet, it is very similar to the others both for what concerns Brix level and shelf-life.

Rubyngo licencees are: Vivai F.lli Zanzi, Convi, Dal Monte Guido e Vittorio, Vivai Fortunato, Vitroplant, Dal Monte Natale e Figli, Spinelli, Geoplant, Battistini Vivai.

Edwige Remy - R&D
IPS - International Plant Selection
Route de Marseille
26203 Montelimar Cedex - France
Tel.: +33 631 199 795
Tel.: +33 (0)4 75 909289
Fax: +33 (0)4 75 518041
Email: edwige@ips-plant.com
Web: www.ips-plant.com

Publication date: 6/19/2017
Author: Rebecca B Baron
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