Badenes, M.L.; Martínez-Calvo, J.; Gomez, H.; Zuriaga, E. (2018). 'Dama taronja' and 'dama rosa' apricot cultivars that are resistant to sharka (plum pox virus). HortScience, 53(8), 1228-1229.
‘Dama Taronja’ and ‘Dama Rosa’ are mid-early ripening apricot cultivars
(Prunus armeniaca L.) obtained in the frame of the apricot breeding program developed
at IVIA. They have optimal productivity levels, excellent fruit quality, selfcompatibility
and resistance to sharka (Plum pox virus), a serious limiting factor for
apricot fruit production in affected areas. Their fruits have excellent organoleptic
characteristics, and they improve notably the size of the traditional Valencian cultivars.
These two varieties showed a good adaptability to the climatic conditions in the
Mediterranean area, characterized in the last 5 cropping years by low chilling hours in
winter and drier conditions that usual, making them as good candidates for breeding
and research on climate change.