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.
Major InitiativesMajor initiatives (1)
ServicesSoil health (3) Water protection (6) Air quality (13) Fertilizer management (6) Pest, weed, and disease control (1) Animal welfare (13) Food safety and quality (2) Waste conversion (3) Environmental regulations (6) Coexisting in an agricultural environment (4)
Years2023 (5) 2022 (8) 2021 (14) 2020 (15) 2019 (21) 2018 (13) 2017 (15) 2016 (7) 2015 (3) 2014 (1) 2013 (1)
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.
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.
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.
This project addresses the risks posed by new breeding practices that were developed to improve animal welfare.
This project will gather and share up-to-date information on new techniques and critical points related to the construction of farm buildings and their sustainability.
This project will develop a procedure that relies on genetic markers to identify the animal species responsible for fecal contamination.
Researcher: Caroline Côté
Project, conducted in collaboration with a Belgian team, to develop an integrated tool for measuring the air quality in livestock buildings.
In this project, initiated by Agrinova, IRDA will analyze the profitability of techniques used to repel pasture flies in organic dairy production.
Researcher: Luc Belzile
This project proposes to measure relative humidity and air speed in hog houses and integrate these parameters into the control of ventilation systems.
Cow-calf farms tend to prefer outdoor breeding, poor-quality drinking water can have a direct impact on animal health, and may lead to higher pathogen levels in the environment and at slaughter time, and negative consequences for food safety.
Based on previous work conducted at IRDA and our team’s expertise, this project looks to finalize the development of a robust and cost-effective swine slurry bioconversion system.
Development of optimized cleaning methods that are readily measurable with an effective real-time indicator.
This project will evaluate labour productivity and identify best practices and recommendations to boost the pork industry competitiveness.
Researcher: Luc Belzile
Project to determine the real value of the phosphorus load associated with bison production in Québec.
The project’s objective is to make available an indoor and outdoor exercise yard design that improves dairy cow and calf well-being while complying with Québec regulations.
and quality of soil, water, and air
of local communities by improving the quality of crop and livestock production, with an emphasis on animal welfare
of crop and livestock production