Babylon

Maincrop, yellow fleshed processing variety with a good yield and a very stable quality.

  • Excellent frying quality
  • Multiple virus resistances
  • Good storability
  • Conventional

Suitable markets

Traditional

Processing

Fries, Chips, Convenience

Retail

Fresh

Most important Babylon characteristics

Plant and tuber

  • Maturity
    Maincrop | 5
  • Tuber shape
    Oval long
  • Flesh Colour
    Yellow | 7
  • 5 small | 8 large
    Tuber size
    Large | 8
  • 5 low | 9 high
    Tuberisation
    Average | 6
  • Skin colour
    Yellow
  • Flower colour
    White
  • 4 none | 8 many
    Number of berries
    Many | 8
  • Stolon length
    Medium
  • 4 slow | 8 fast
    Foliage: - initial development
    Quite fast | 7
  • 4 slow | 8 fast
    Foliage: - final development
    Fast | 8
  • Foliage: - selectability
    Average | 6,5
  • 4 weak | 8 firm
    Foliage: - firmness
    Firm | 8
  • Lightsprout colour
    Blue-purple
  • 4 irregular | 8 regular
    Regularity of tuber shape
    Regular | 7
  • 5 irregular | 8 regular
    Regularity of size
    Regular | 7
  • 3 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Skin finish
    Quite good | 6

Sensitivity and quality

  • 6 average | 9 high
    Relative yield
    High | 8
  • 300 low | 500 high
    Underwater weight
    401
  • 4 short | 8 long
    Dormancy
    Long | 8
  • 4 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Suitable for French fries
    Good | 7,5
  • 4 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Suitable for crisping
    Good | 7
  • 3 very sensitive | 8 minimum tot none sensitive
    Metribuzin
    Quite sensitive | 6,5
  • 3 very sensitive | 8 minimum tot none sensitive
    Bentazon
    Minimum sensitive | 7,5
  • Talent ®
    15% to 25% more tubers | 7
  • 4 poor result | 8 good result
    Ethylene
    -5% to 5% fewer or more tubers | 5
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Secondary growth
    Quite sensitive | 6
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Growth cracks
    Quite sensitive | 6
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Black spot
    Quite sensitive | 6
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Harvest damage seed potatoes
    Quite sensitive | 6,5
  • 17% low | 26,5% high
    Dry matter content
    21,7%
  • 5 moderate | 8 excellent
    Dry Matter Distribution
    Good | 7
  • 1 very low | 11 quite high
    TGA level
    5,2
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Raw discolouration
    Minimum sensitive | 7
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Discolouration (after cooking)
    Minimum sensitive | 7
  • A firm | AB rather firm | B rather floury | BC floury | C floury
    Cooking type
    Floury | BC
  • Harvest damage ware potatoes
    Very sensitive | 4,5

Resistance

  • Late blight foliage
    Susceptible | 5,5
  • Late blight tuber
    Minimum susceptible | 6,5
  • Common scab
    Susceptible | 5
  • PCN Ro 1/4
    Field resistant | 8
  • PCN Ro 2/3
    -
  • PCN Pa 2
    -
  • PCN Pa 3
    -
  • Powdery scab
    -
  • Fusarium
    Minimum susceptible | 7
  • Erwinia
    -
  • Black dot
    Very susceptible | 4,5
  • Spraing
    Minimum susceptible | 6,5
  • Leafroll
    -
  • A
    -
  • X
    -
  • Yn
    Minimum susceptible | 7,5
  • Yntn
    Minimum susceptible | 7
  • Wart disease F1
    Resistant | 10
  • Wart disease F6
    -
  • Wart disease F18
    -

Background

The Babylon variety came about in a rather unique way. The variety was not obtained by the normal crossing procedure, but was instead “found” as a mutant in a field with Agria. Babylon is therefore also one of the multipurpose varieties.

In most cases, mutations do not lead to a new variety and are naturally eliminated. However, when Mr R.K. Bakker from Oudeschip found the unusual plants among his field of Agria plants, he decided to propagate them separately. After two years of propagation, he decided to inform Agrico of his discovery and ask whether we also thought it might have added value. The Agria clone was included in the regular tests at Agrico Research, and after a number of years the mutation was found to be stable and sufficiently deviant from the Agria variety. In order for a mutant to be described and protected, it should have at least three characteristics that differ from the original variety. The Babylon variety turned out to have five such characteristics.

It took a long time to come up with the name of Babylon. An association with the original variety was initially desired, but this led to Babylonian confusion between the grower and Agrico. Eventually, in cooperation with the commercial staff, the name Babylon was chosen.

 

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Tjalling Douma

Product Manager