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.

Irrigation pond

Control measures to reduce clogging in a St. Lawrence River water treatment process using slow sand filtration

To manage clogging risks, the project automated pumping based on water turbidity and cover the filter to prevent light from entering the water and thus reduce algal bloom. 

Researcher: Caroline Côté

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Caroline Côté
Chickens
2017-2019 • Livestock production

Living environments and animal welfare in aviary systems (Phase 1: Mitigation)

This project will help to identify and evaluate practices, techniques, and technologies that can be used to improve overall environmental performance, animal welfare, and the quality of the animals’ living environment.

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Stéphane Godbout
Caroline Côté
Thistle
2014-2017 • Field crops

Vegetative propagation and regenerative capacity of Canada thistle and sow thistle under organic management

The purpose of this project was to study the vegetative propagation and regeneration capacity of Canada thistle and sow thistle with a view to developing effective weed control strategies.

Researcher: Maryse Leblanc

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Maryse Leblanc
Exclusion net
2017-2019 • Fruit production

Exclusion nets made from biobased polymers

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.

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Gérald Chouinard
Daniel Cormier
Barcoding
2015-2017

Improving molecular techniques for identifying pests to meet the diagnostic needs of the agricultural industry in the context of climate change

Barcoding can be used to obtain DNA sequences from specimens kept in the official Québec government insect collection and compare these sequences with those from field-caught specimens.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Plasticulture

Banded controlled-release and conventional fertilizer in horticultural production under plastic mulch

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.

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Carl Boivin
Christine Landry
Crowd

Irrigation roadshow: characterize, analyze, optimize, and raise awareness

The goal of this project was to develop an “irrigation roadshow” for eight farming regions in Québec.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Leek moth
2014-2018 • Market gardening

Control strategies against leek moth in organic production

This project aims to evaluate effective and economically viable control strategies for leek moth that are healthy for both humans and ecosystems.

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Soil
2016-2018 • Field crops

Identifying biological indicators of soil health using metagenomic analysis of soil under different grain cropping systems

This project was aimed at identifying and incorporating biological indicators into decision support tools used to assist producers and agroenvironmental regulatory bodies seeking to preserve soil productivity and use sustainable production systems.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Bee
2017-2018 • Market gardening

Impact of composite hedges on natural enemies and pollinators in an organic polyculture system in Québec

This project will provide a better understanding of interactions between a vegetable polyculture system and hedges composed of shrubs and perennials in order to enhance the impact of beneficial insects on vegetable crops.

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Beef cattle
2017-2019 • Livestock production

Quantifying and reducing GHG emissions on Québec beef farms

One of the project objectives is to calculate GHG emissions in various beef production systems based on the results of a literature, methodology, and database review.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Swines
2016-2017 • Livestock production

Impact of floor type on odour emissions in hog production: evaluating average emissions and quantifying their reduction in hog finishing barns

The objective of the project was to demonstrate that next generation hog barn design (slatted floors over 2/3 or more of the area) generate less odor.

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Stéphane Godbout
Matthieu Girard
Soil

A study on the health of agricultural soils in Quebec

The project consists of evaluating soil degradation based on representative samples taken in Québec’s main soil regions and parent materials.

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
Claude Bernard
Potato plants
2016-2018 • Market gardening

Improve the efficiency of water use in different potato cultivars

The aim of the project was to measure the performance and water requirements of eight potato cultivars under commercial production conditions.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin

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