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)

Corn
2017-2019 • Market gardening

Large-scale use of trichogramma wasps against the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) in fresh and processing sweet corn

The goal of this project is to boost the number of fresh and processing sweet corn producers in Québec using trichogramma to control European corn borer.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Spotted Wing Drosophila
2016-2019 • Fruit production

Control strategies to reduce the impact of the spotted wing drosophila

This project aims to promote a biocontrol solution by testing a complex of natural enemies that attack the spotted wing drosophilia at different development stages.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Barcoding
2015-2017

Improving molecular techniques for identifying pests to meet the diagnostic needs of the agricultural industry in the context of climate change

Barcoding can be used to obtain DNA sequences from specimens kept in the official Québec government insect collection and compare these sequences with those from field-caught specimens.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Cranberries
2016-2018 • Fruit production

Adapting fruit crop pest and disease control to climate change

The goal of this project was to document the impact of climate change on fruit crop pests and diseases in Québec.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Thomas Jeanne, research assistant

Thomas Jeanne

Research Assistant

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Caroline Côté, researcher

Caroline Côté

Researcher

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Nathalie Daigle, research assistant

Nathalie Daigle

Research Assistant

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