Embrapa Semiarido, Embrapa's research center in Petrolina, in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, will present the new BRS Tainá table grape variety. This is the first table grape variety that has been fully developed in the northeast of the country within the framework of the "Uvas do Brazil" genetic improvement program, and it will be cultivated in the irrigated fruit growing region of the São Francisco Valley.
BRS Tainá is a white seedless grape that comes from the cross made in 2004 between the international Sugraone and Marroo Seedless cultivars, which are part of the Embrapa Semiarido Active Germplasm Bank. “This variety is the result of an intense effort to provide farmers in the valley with a white variety that doesn't require they pay the expensive common royalties of foreign varieties,” stated researcher Patricia Coelho de Souza Leão.
The BRS Tainá variety is in the nursery license phase and will soon be available to growers.
It is a vigorous plant, with estimated average productivity in the São Francisco Valley of 25 tons per hectare, per production cycle. The period from pruning to harvest lasts about 110 days, with small variations throughout the year, depending on weather conditions. The BRS Tainá's bunches are medium in size, weigh 270 grams, and measure about 15 x 10 centimeters.
The berries are firm and crisp, with good adherence to the pedicel, and tiny, imperceptible traces of seeds. Its fruits have a neutral and pleasant taste, with a balanced relationship between sugars and acidity.
These characteristics position it as a promising option with great potential to stand out in the market for seedless white table grapes.
The new variety will be presented online on October 21, at 7.30 pm, on Embrapa's YouTube channel. The event is open to the public and will feature a conference by researcher Patricia Coelho de Souza Leão and the testimony of producers who have grown this variety in experimental plots.