Research Projects

Each year, IRDA's R&D Team conducts more than one hundred research projects in sustainable agriculture. What's more, IRDA is working with Quebec's key agricultural stakeholders to find concrete solutions.

Strawberry
2020-2022 • Fruit production

The complementarity of commercially available predators in controlling spotted wing drosophila in organic day-neutral strawberry crops

Evaluation of the effectiveness of various predator combinations in controlling spotted wing drosophilia.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Oz weeding robot
2020-2023 • Market gardening

Assessing a weeding robot for use in organic market gardening

New, robotic weed control strategy for widespread use in field vegetables grown organically in Québec.

Researcher: Maryse Leblanc

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Maryse Leblanc
Manure spreading
2020-2023 • Livestock production

Biocontaminants emitted into the air during the spreading of swine slurry: biosecurity risk assessment and mitigation on hog farms

Project to limit the spread of disease and improve biosecurity protocols on farms through improved understanding of emissions and alternate spreading techniques.

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Stéphane Godbout
Luc Belzile
Biomethanation plant
2020-2023 • Livestock productionField crops

The agricultural value of whole biomethanation digestate and its various fractions: potential use in fertilization and recycled bedding

Assessment of the efficiency of biomethanation digestate as a fertilizer for field crops and as recycled bedding in dairy production.

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Stéphane Godbout
Christine Landry
Caroline Côté
Laying hens
2020-2024 • Livestock production

Develop and assess emerging green technologies that can lower the risks and dangers associated with aerosols on farms

Assessing an electrostatic precipitator system designed to improve air quality and, thereby, worker health and animal welfare.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Apple scab
2020-2023 • Fruit production

Tailoring apple scab control strategies to the properties of the fungicides utilized

Developing a new scab control strategy based on selecting the lowest-risk products that best fit the circumstances at hand, and tailoring the doses accordingly.

Researcher: Vincent Philion

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Vincent Philion
Field irrigation
2020-2024 • Livestock productionField crops

Forage crop irrigation: helping farmers to make informed decisions

Irrigation project to spare farmers the loss of competitiveness and other risks brought about by drought periods.

Researchers: Carl Boivin Luc Belzile

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Carl Boivin
Luc Belzile
Seminar
2020-2021 • Livestock production

Broadening access to proven innovations that support sustainable animal production in Qu├ębec

Symposium entitled "Innovations to Tackle Livestock Production Challenges" and production of informational material.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Henhouse worker
2020-2023 • Livestock production

The impact of alternative housing for laying hens on air quality and the health of workers

The overall aim of this research is to assess the exposure of workers in conventional and alternative egg production facilities to dust and bio-aerosols, and to characterize the respiratory health risks they face.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Laying hens
2019-2021 • Livestock production

The impact of alternative farming systems on the health and productivity of laying hens

This project aims to measure the impact of new breeding systems that meet new animal welfare standards regarding air quality and the health and productivity of laying hens.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Manure spreading
2019-2023 • Livestock production

Fugitive emissions after manure spreading: risk assessment and mitigation

This project addresses the risks posed by the spreading of manure and emissions released into the environment to the biosecurity of farms, as well as to the health of workers and nearby populations.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Hen house
2019-2023 • Livestock production

Developing strategies for animal welfare-compliant livestock buildings, to minimize health risks to workers

This project addresses the risks posed by new breeding practices that were developed to improve animal welfare.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout

The solutions developed by IRDA aim to...

Ensure the sustainability

and quality of soil, water, and air

Protect the health and well-being

of local communities by improving the quality of crop and livestock production, with an emphasis on animal welfare

Safeguard the economic viability

of crop and livestock production