Mikaël Larose holds a master's degree in animal ethology from Université de Sherbrooke. At Université du Québec à Montréal he earned a bachelor's degree in biology in a problem-based learning environment, with a specialization in toxicology and environmental health; as well as a certificate in ecology. From 2005 to 2014 he was self-employed as a metalwork fitter. Before joining IRDA as a research assistant in 2016, Mikaël worked on several contracts at the integrated fruit production laboratory under the direction of Gérald Chouinard. His versatile skill set—evident in the variety of research projects he has worked on—reflects his passion for research, engineering, and multimedia.
Mikaël Larose specializes in fruit and apple production.
Exclusion nets have proven to be effective against nearly all of these insect pests, which means that it’s possible to develop apple growing practices in Québec that are not only neonicotinoid free, but also devoid of all pesticides (including acaricides, given that mite problems are a consequence of broad-spectrum insecticide use). Although the net exclusion microsystem studied in Québec since 2012 has demonstrated its effectiveness in controlling insect pests, some issues remain to be studied before it can be unreservedly recommended. Among these are the handling times for the nets, i.e., installation/removal and opening/closing, and the system’s profitability and durability over the long haul for various cultivars.
Researcher: Mikaël Larose