Todolivo I-15P spearheads varietal revolution of olives

Todolivo I-15p spearheads varietal revolution of olives

Comparative production tables from 2018 and 2019 of the Todolivo I-15P
variety and a harvest of traditional varieties, which are being compared in the Genetic Improvement Trial at the ‘La Mata’ farm.

  • When in 2007 Todolivo decided to start its Genetic Improvement Programme to secure new, more productive olive varieties to use for new and different EVOOs, it knew that it was undertaking a long journey on which there would be many uncertainties and few certainties. Today, thirteen years later, this Programme is reaping the rewards: not only are the goals being met, but the results are also eclipsing the original expectations.
    Todolivo I-15P, the first variety that the company is marketing in this Programme, is a prime example of this. Year after year, and in all the tests carried out to date, it has demonstrated a high level of early maturity and an extraordinary productive capacity, as well as a high oil yield.

    In the Genetic Improvement Trial held at the ‘La Mata’ estate, the Todolivo I-15P variety yielded, one year and ten months after being

  • planted, an average of 925 kg oil/ha, while only one of the other traditional varieties under comparison produced in the same year, the Koroneiki, which yielded 547 kg of oil per hectare.
    The production recorded by these varieties in the following two harvests (2018 and 2019) is shown in the tables below, which are ordered from highest to lowest depending on the kg of oil/ha obtained by each variety in the test.
    To make the results as reliable and meaningful as possible, a large trial consisting of nine blocks was designed, divided into three plots, each containing full lines of the thirty-eight selections and a worldwide collection of highly productive varieties with which they would be compared.
    But it is not just its productivity: this a very complete variety that has some ideal characteristics for a hedge-pruned olive grove.

Table 1. PLOT: LA BALSA (1.143 trees/ha) · Contains: 1 XXL test block
Age: 2 years and 8 months · Harvest: Oct/2018

Table 2. PLOT: LA BALSA (1.143 trees/ha) · Contains: 1 XXL test block
Age: 3 years and 10 months · Harvest: Dec/2019

Table 3. PLOT: CORTIJO ESTE (952 trees/ha) · Contains: 4 test blocks
Age: 2 years and 10 months · Harvest: Dec/2018

Table 4. PLOT: CORTIJO ESTE (952 trees/ha) · Contains: 4 tes blocks
Age: 3 years and 10 months · Harvest: Dec/2019

Table 5. PLOT: CORTIJO OESTE (1.143 trees/ha) · Contains: 4 test blocks
Age: 2 years and 10 months · Harvest: Dec/2018

6. PLOT: CORTIJO OESTE (1.143 trees/ha) · Contains: 4 test blocks
Age: 3 years and 9 months · Harvest: Nov/2019

  • It has a well defined structure that allows for good ventilation and for light to enter. Its low vigour and spherical form bear similarities to its mother “Arbosana”. Its internodes are short and it branches very well, with hardly any need for pruning. As for infestations and diseases, the variety does not currently show sensitivity to any disease and does show tolerance to peacock spot and verticillium wilt.
    Its oil is of an extraordinary organoleptic quality. It has an apple green colour and an intense and varied fruitiness. In the mouth, it is sweet and balanced, with a slight bitterness and a slightly more intense spiciness, which makes it very pleasant on the palate. It has a high index of oleic acid.

  • The emergence of the Todolivo I-15P is a major milestone in achieving new varieties of olive. Not only does it manage to outperform its parents in productivity, but it also does so with each and every one of the traditional varieties to which it is being compared, as can be seen in the data collected in the tables from the macro test carried out at the ‘La Mata’ farm. A variety that is captivating the world of olive cultivation and that will allow farmers to secure greater profitability on their farms and produce a new EVOO like no other in the world.

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