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 (8) Water protection (3) Air quality (3) Ecosystem protection (3) Optimal water management (8) Fertilizer management (11) Pest, weed, and disease control (56) Organic farming (11)
Years2024 (1) 2023 (16) 2022 (25) 2021 (34) 2020 (42) 2019 (40) 2018 (37) 2017 (36) 2016 (26) 2015 (17) 2014 (8) 2013 (1)
The aim of this two-year project was to determine the efficacy of various pesticides in the field.
The data generated by this project was used to develop a new NPK fertilization chart that reflects technical, agronomic, and environmental issues.
Researcher: Christine Landry
The aim of the project was to determine whether the witches’ broom symptom on blueberries is really caused by the rust Pucciniastrum geopertianum, which attacks balsam.
Researcher: Richard Hogue
This economic analysis measured the technical efficiency of Québec wild blueberry farms.
Researcher: Luc Belzile
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.
This project aims to promote a biocontrol solution by testing a complex of natural enemies that attack the spotted wing drosophilia at different development stages.
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.
The aim of this project was to field-test sound irrigation practices and band application of various types of fertilizers at ridging time to eliminate fertigation and increase the efficiency of fertilizer and water use under plastic mulch.
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.
Using sound irrigation management to control frost and water stress in lowbush blueberry helps stabilize yield while minimizing environmental impacts.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
The goal of the project is to select a strain of the mullein bug to control two spotted and red spider mites when populations tend to explode.
Researcher: Daniel Cormier
The goal of this project was to document the impact of climate change on fruit crop pests and diseases in Québec.
The project was conducted at IRDA’S Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform. Strawberries (Cleary cultivar) were produced in beds covered with black plastic mulch.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
In highbush blueberry fields where stunt disease has been detected, plants that have never received nitrogen fertilizer are more vigorous and homogeneous than plants that have received nitrogen fertilizer.
The aim of the project was to measure the effect of certain natural repellents that can be used on different types of exclusion nets.
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