Annabelle Firlej, Ph.D.

Annabelle Firlej, researcher

Annabelle Firlej

Researcher

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About

Annabelle Firlej (Ph.D) earned a doctorate in biology from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2007 and then worked for 6 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV) on various projects related to biological control, invasive exotic species, and the impact of climate change on insects. A researcher at IRDA since 2017, she develops entomology research projects that address issues faced by berry, cranberry, and apple growers. She brings her skill set to bear by facilitating the creation of productive partnerships and developing new areas of expertise that benefit growers.

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Biology and ecology of crop pests and natural enemies
  • Molecular identification of insects
  • Biological control
  • Invasive exotic species
  • Climate change
  • Berry and apple production

Annabelle Firlej is developing a method to control Spotted Wing Drosophila, Canada’s most devastating crop pest, which involves the release of sterile males.

Related research project(s)

Long cane raspberries
2019-2023 • Fruit production

Out-of-soil cultivation of organic long cane raspberries

Development of a growing out-of-soil organic raspberries in high tunnels protocol in a profitable and competitive manner with a view to selling products locally or to large retail chains.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Striped cucumber beetle, Photo credit: IRIIS Phytoprotection
2019-2022 • Market gardening

Developing mass trapping strategies to control the striped cucumber beetle in organic cucurbit farming

This project aims to develop mass trapping strategies to keep damage caused by the striped cucumber beetle populations below the economic threshold, while minimizing the capture of pollinators and natural enemies.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Cranberry harvest
2019-2021 • Fruit production

Assessing the effectiveness of HARVANTA (cyclaniliprole) in controlling major cranberry pests

This project’s aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of HARVANTA® 50SL to control the cranberry weevil, the blackheaded fireworm and the cranberry fruitworm.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Spotted wing drosophila, Photo credit: IRIIS Phytoprotection
2019-2020 • Fruit production

Developing transfer tools to promote good integrated pest management practices for Spotted Wing Drosophila

This update will incorporate information from more recent scientific articles on Spotted Wing Drosophila

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Plane above corn field
2019-2021 • Market gardening

Optimizing the aerial release of trichogramma wasps to control the European corn borer in sweet corn destined for processing

Aerial spraying to optimize the release of trichogramma wasps in order to control the European corn borer over large areas of sweet corn crops in Québec.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Rachelle Fecteau, Pedology Technician

Rachelle Fecteau

Pedology Technician

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Franz Vanoosthuyse, research assistant

Franz Vanoosthuyse

Research Assistant

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Vanessa Villeneuve, laboratory technician

Vanessa Villeneuve

Laboratory Technician

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