A new raspberry cultivar from the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) is due to be launched later this year.

The new fruit, provisionally called Glen Doll, is bright red in colour and will be introduced to the industry in July.

The moderately sized fruit, which is produced until mid-August, is said to be very firm and therefore has a good shelf life and is suitable for freezing. It contains a gene which provides the plant with resistance to the large raspberry aphid, Amphorophora idea.

CRI is also currently developing new strategies for increasing vitamin C levels in blackcurrant fruit.