Gérald Chouinard, agr., Ph.D.

Gérald Chouinard, researcher

Gérald Chouinard

Researcher

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About

Gérald Chouinard (agr., Ph.D.) is an agronomist with a doctorate in fruit entomology from McGill University. He has been at IRDA since its creation, and his work focuses on the integrated management of harmful and beneficial orchard insects and mites. He also acts as the apple tree warning officer for the Québec Plant Protection Warning Network (Réseau d’avertissements phytosanitaires), a group of specialists working to develop integrated fruit production, promote safe and sustainable control methods, and support apple growers and industry professionals in their mission to grow quality apples in an environmentally responsible manner. He is active at all levels of the innovation chain, including research, development, and technology transfer. He is an associate professor at Université du Québec à Montréal and Université Laval. He is the recipient of the Léon-Provancher Prize awarded by Société d’Entomologie du Québec, the Révérend-Père-Léopold Prize awarded by Les Producteurs de Pommes du Québec, and the Agronomic Distinction Medal awarded by the Ordre des Agronomes du Québec. He is the author of numerous scientific and technical publications, including books such as Guide de référence en production fruitière intégrée (Integrated Fruit Production Reference Guide) and Guide d’identification: maladies, ravageurs et organismes bénéfiques des arbres fruitiers (Identification Guide for Diseases, Pests, and Beneficial Organisms affecting Fruit Trees).

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Integrated fruit production
  • Biological pest control and integrated pest control in orchards
  • Monitoring and forecasting of apple pests
  • Phytosanitary warnings for apple trees
  • Low-environmental-impact cropping systems
  • Chemical ecology and insect behaviour

For more than 20 years, Gérald Chouinard has worked with farmers on methods for growing apples in an environmentally responsible manner, as well as on the adoption of integrated fruit production in Québec orchards.

Related research project(s)

Orchard spraying
2018-2022 • Fruit production

Demo plots for low-risk apple IPM programs

The overall objective of the project is to inform apple growers via regional demonstration plots of the latest apple IPM techniques.

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Gérald Chouinard
Vincent Philion
Daniel Cormier
Orchard
2018-2021 • Fruit production

Automated traps for pest monitoring in Québec apple orchards

The aim of this project is to measure the potential of automated traps and extrapolate it to an apple-monitoring network.

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Gérald Chouinard
Daniel Cormier
Apple orchard
2017-2018 • Fruit production

Upgrading the expertise of new apple orchard consultants

This online training platform will help improve technical support for Québec apple growers by furthering the training of new consultants.

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Daniel Cormier
Gérald Chouinard
Exclusion nets
2014-2018 • Fruit production

Exclusion nets for organic apple production in Eastern Canada

The aim of this project was to test the general hypothesis that exclusion nets, when properly used, can prevent attacks by most apple pests and reduce disease incidence with no major adverse effects on fruit quality.

Researcher: Gérald Chouinard

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Gérald Chouinard
Exclusion net
2017-2019 • Fruit production

Exclusion nets made from biobased polymers

The purpose of this project is to test the general hypothesis that biobased polymers can be used to replace fossil-fuel-based products and reduce the use of pesticides without increasing GHG emissions.

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Gérald Chouinard
Daniel Cormier
Plum curculio
2015-2017 • Fruit production

Attract and kill strategies for control of the plum curculio in conventional and organic apple orchards

An attract and kill technique to control plum curculio was recently proposed by U.S. researchers, but it is very little used in orchards and virtually unknown in Québec.

Researcher: Gérald Chouinard

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Gérald Chouinard

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Catherine Bossé, Project Manager – Pedology

Catherine Bossé

Project Manager – Pedology

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Élisabeth Ménard, research assistant

Élisabeth Ménard

Research Assistant

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Emmanuel Gagné, laboratory technician

Emmanuel Gagné

Laboratory Technician

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