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 fields forever
2014-2017 • Market gardening

Identifying the causes of strawberry decline disease with a view to developing an integrated control strategy

This project involved an exhaustive survey of viruses, phytoplasma, fungi, and nematodes in nurseries and strawberry fields to determine the exact causes of strawberry decline disease in Québec. 

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Strawberries
2014-2018 • Fruit production

Developing a cropping system for organic strawberries

In a high density strawberry crop grown in sod covered with plastic mulch, evaluate the toxicity of bioinsecticides for controlling tarnished plant bugs and strawberry blossom beetles and of bioherbicides for controlling weeds in and between crop rows.

Researcher: Daniel Cormier

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Daniel Cormier
System for thermochemical treatment
2014-2017

Pyrolysis of agricultural residues to produce bio-oil having No.2 fuel oil characteristics for greenhouse heating systems

The project generated scientific knowledge to produce bio-oil from rapid pyrolysis using plastic residues.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Stream
2014-2017

Hydrological monitoring of the Campbell Stream greening project

The team at IRDA conducted hydrological monitoring on Branch 1 of the Campbell Stream (test basin) as well as the stream’s main branch, which was used as a control.

Researcher: Aubert Michaud

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Aubert Michaud
Peat moss
2013-2017 • Field crops

Developing new techniques to control water table levels in sphagnum farming

The objective of this project was to develop effective techniques for controlling water table levels in sphagnum moss basins. Underground irrigation systems were installed at a number of experimental sites.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Subsoiling
2014-2017 • Field crops

Subsoiling and temporary drainage in soils with low permeability

The project evaluated and compared the effectiveness of two types of subsoil plows (mounted on a bulldozer or a tractor) operated parallel and perpendicular to the tile drains to improve soil drainage conditions and productivity compared to control plots.

Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
Potato plants
2014-2017 • Market gardening

Biological characterization of soils to increase potato productivity and soil sustainability

To increase the productivity of potato production systems and preserve soil quality, we need to enhance our knowledge of interactions among biological, physical, chemical, and agronomic characteristics of cultivated soils in various environments.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Dogwood borer
2014-2017 • Fruit production

Mating disruption as a new control method for the dogwood borer

This project consisted of using mating disruption to control dogwood borers in five orchards.

Researcher: Daniel Cormier

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Daniel Cormier
Tephritidae Fly
2014-2017 • Fruit production

Developing a sprayable attracticide to control tephritid flies in fruit production

The aim of the project was to test a series of attracticides that can be mixed and applied with regular sprayers with no additional specialized or expensive equipment or modifications required.

Researcher: Daniel Cormier

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Daniel Cormier
Hen-house
2013-2018 • Livestock production

Bioproduct combination study to avoid antibiotics in broiler chicken production

The objective of this study is to create a cheap, effective, ecofriendly alternative to the use of antibiotics on chicken farms by developing a new formula using yeasts, enzymes, and organic acids.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Apple Leafculing Midge
2014-2017 • Fruit production

Variable economic injury for the apple leafcurling midge and modelling of population abundance of this emerging pest

The apple leafcurling midge is a new apple pest in Québec. The aim of the project is to explore the pest’s phenology, establish variable economic injury thresholds, and incorporate the results into a phenology model in CIPRA.

Researcher: Daniel Cormier

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Daniel Cormier

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