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.

Pyrolytic oils
2018-2019

Developing biostimulants from pyrolytic oils produced from agricultural and forestry biomass

The general goal of the project is to develop biostimulants from oils produced by the rapid pyrolysis of crop and logging residues.

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Stéphane Godbout
Richard Hogue
Corn field
2017-2020 • Field crops

Validation of soil health indicators as a nitrogen uptake prediction tool

The objective of this project is to develop a prediction model for soil nitrogen supplies based on biological soil health indicators.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Mexico and Quebec flags
2017-2019

Québec‒Mexico bilateral expert group on the optimal recovery of residual agricultural, agroindustrial, and forestry biomass

The aim of the project is to support the strategic Québec‒Mexico bilateral expert group on the optimal recovery of residual agricultural, agroindustrial, and forestry biomass.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Cucumbers
2017-2018 • Market gardening

Québec-wide potassium fertilization trial on fresh cucumber under fertigation

This project was aimed at determining potassium doses (5 doses) to apply before planting on nitrogen-fertigated cucumber crops grown on plastic mulch.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Corn field
2017-2021 • Field crops

Maintaining high yields in field crops while reconsidering the option of using glyphosate

The aim of the project is to assess the impact of applying various rates of glyphosate in field crop systems on the soil and crop rhizosphere microbiome.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Lowbush blueberries
2017-2018 • Fruit production

Exploring the potential of thermal imaging data acquired by drone for the detection of water stress in lowbush blueberries

Exploration of the potential of detecting water stress in lowbush blueberries using a thermal infrared imaging sensor installed on a drone.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Haskap berries
2017-2019 • Fruit production

Cultural strategies for haskap berries: improving orchard productivity

The aim of this project is to improve the productivity of haskap orchards by promoting more efficient water and nutrient uptake.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Bumblebee
2017-2020 • Fruit production

Improving biodiversity in apple orchards – an economic analysis

IRDA is in charge of the economic analysis for this project which purpose is to examine the impact of flower plantings on bumblebee biodiversity in apple orchards in southern Québec.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
DNA
2017-2019 • Market gardening

Validating microbial indicators of potato field productivity based on metagenomic analysis

The current project is designed to check the predictability of the biological productivity score.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Soya field
2017-2020 • Field crops

Economic analysis of agronomic practices that prevent soil degradation

Economic analysis of a three-year project aimed at testing methods of reducing and correcting surface soil compaction.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Drone
2017 • Market gardening

A study on the relationship between thermal imaging data collected by drone and agrometerological indicators of water stress in potato crops

The aim of this project was to study the relationship between thermal imaging data collected by drone and agrometerological indicators of water stress in potato crops.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Apple trees
2017-2018 • Fruit production

Analyzing sap flow to assess water absorption dynamics in apple trees

The hypothesis was that it should be possible to measure sap flow in apple trees and correlate it with soil water conditions and the weather.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Drip irrigation
2017-2018 • Market gardening

Potato fertigation using a drip irrigation system

The aim of this project was to leverage the efficiency of drip irrigation and splitting nitrogen inputs into multiple applications to reduce total nitrogen inputs per unit produced and provide better economic and environmental alternatives to conventional irrigation.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Swede
2017-2018 • Market gardening

Field trials on swede midge mating disruption

This project will compare the ability of various pheromone mixes to prevent male swede midges from locating females.

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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