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Lajeunesse, Julie [1].

Agronomic potential of wild Saskatoon berry in Northern Quebec.

The Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area (Northern Quebec, Canada) is host of a variety of wild fruit species that are well adapted to the climatic conditions of this region. Some of these species, like blueberries and cranberries, are grown and contribute greatly to the economy of the region. There is a growing interest in the cultivation of native fruits and some species, such as Amelanchier spp. (Saskatoons), seem to offer a high potential for production and marketing. Sixteen species of Saskatoons are found in the province of Quebec. The most common species in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region are Amelanchier arborea, A. spicata, A. interior, and A. bartramiana. The objective of this study was to evaluate the development and the productivity of wild Amelanchier sp. collected in the Saguenay region in 2004. During the fall of 2004, the seeds of each Amelanchier selected were sown. The plantation was established in 2006 at the AAFC Research Farm in Normandin, Quebec. Average fruit yields varied between 835 and 2704 kg ha-1 in 2008, between 709 and 3860 kg ha-1 in 2009, between 2891 and 8122 kg ha-1 in 2010, between 2914 and 8579 kg ha-1 in 2011, between 4469 and 8226 kg ha-1 in 2012, and between 5328 and 17872 kg ha-1 in 2013. No disease was observed. Saperda candida is the principal insect that causes damage to Saskatoons in Northern Quebec.

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1 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research Farm, 1468 Saint-Cyrille St., Normandin, Qc, G8M4B8, Canada

Saskatoon berries

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Topics
Session: P
Location: Hall D/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PHO002
Abstract ID:314
Candidate for Awards:None

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