I hadn't heard of any of them. Mad hatter looks really cool, probably has some Bishop's Crown heritage?
Wouldn't mind growing it, but further generations may deviate from that look a fair bit. Wonder what the cross was?
Thanks for sharing!
The point would be that you would buy new seed and plant F1s every year. Not really the thing you would want to make selections and create an inbred line from (unless you want to, I know a lot of folks myself included do this as a hobby).
No clue what the parents were, but PanAmerican has a lot of germplasm. They call it a "Bishop's Crown" variety, so you can be sure at least one of its parents are haha.
You can't really blame the seed companies for working mostly on hybrid varieties. If it were up to us everyone would save seeds like we do and professional breeders would be out of a job. I for one am happy for all of the work that seed companies do trying out all of the possible crosses on a huge scale and picking the best ones with all the best traits for release. I am more than happy to support that. Its why I've been planting a handfull of Takii and Seminis varieties every year from new (bought) seed.
Its a shame that the Griffin station has such an issue with viruses. I think you should try to germinate anyway. Viruses aren't ALWAYS passed to seed, so if you can get any fruit set you might be able to recover virus-free seeds.
Or if you want... I could try to coach you through meristem-culture?
I'm a little confused: How did you originally come to PI188477 in the first place? and why did you change your mind about this being the correct PI?
I was under the impression that most pepper breeders don't apply for PVP through the USDA, as they do not want to list the "full geneology" or pay the application fee of $4,382. In the US we have no "Plant breeder rights" beyond PVP.
I imagine you could find the list of PVPs awarded, and cross them off the list of varieties you want to grow. You'll be left with a list containing only unprotected varieties.