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 (2)
ServicesSoil health (6) Water protection (1) Ecosystem protection (3) Optimal water management (8) Fertilizer management (11) Pest, weed, and disease control (53) Organic farming (11)
Years2023 (10) 2022 (16) 2021 (24) 2020 (35) 2019 (40) 2018 (37) 2017 (36) 2016 (26) 2015 (17) 2014 (8) 2013 (1)
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: Gérald Chouinard
Developing a fast and sensitive molecular detection methodology able to accurately identify raspberry and strawberry viruses.
Development of a mating disruption method to control two cranberry pests.
Biological control of the obliquebanded leafroller in orchards where mating disruption is being used against the codling moth.
Acquiring the knowledge needed to develop an attract-and-kill treatment to control current and future stinkbug populations in Québec apple orchards.
Developing a Codling moth control management tool based on an improved formulation of Virosoft CP4.
Design and validation of a new generation of high tunnels with automatic retractable roofs, new roofing materials, and screens that will extend the harvest season.
This project will formulate multiple independent, but potentially synergistic, strategies to control Spotted Wing Drosophila.
This project looks to incorporate the data for the recommended IFP berry products into the SAgE Pesticides database. The goal is to encourage farmers to adopt IFP and make it easier for them to access IFP data.
The project’s overall goal is to slow the arrival of Spotted Wing Drosophila in crop plots using mass trapping at overwintering sites.
This project aims to reduce Japanese beetle populations using localized applications that minimize environmental and health risks
This project will evaluate the efficiency of the initial releases of sterile spotted wing drosophilas on fall raspberry plots.
This project’s goal is to develop a large-scale inundative release method using the same trichogramma species employed in a previous project.
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