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.
Evaluation of the effectiveness of various predator combinations in controlling spotted wing drosophilia.
Evaluation of new practices to control cutworms in organic vegetable production.
New, robotic weed control strategy for widespread use in field vegetables grown organically in Québec.
Developing a new scab control strategy based on selecting the lowest-risk products that best fit the circumstances at hand, and tailoring the doses accordingly.
Researcher: Vincent Philion
Developing and assessing the planting of flower strips in orchard inter-rows as an alternative to the application of insecticides.
Ten test sites will operate over a two-year period on farms spread over ten Québec regions to compare the performance of winter and spring cereals.
Development of a growing out-of-soil organic raspberries in high tunnels protocol in a profitable and competitive manner with a view to selling products locally or to large retail chains.
Project initiated to review the knowledge on the fungicide resistance of various pathogens to provide a preliminary assessment of the economic impacts of fungicide resistance.
This project aims to develop mass trapping strategies to keep damage caused by the striped cucumber beetle populations below the economic threshold, while minimizing the capture of pollinators and natural enemies.
This project assesse the influence of biotic and abiotic factors on the efficacy of spring flooding to developp a strategy of control for the blackheaded fireworm
Researcher: Daniel Cormier
Developing a fast and sensitive molecular detection methodology able to accurately identify raspberry and strawberry viruses.
Researcher: Richard Hogue
Biological control of the obliquebanded leafroller in orchards where mating disruption is being used against the codling moth.
Development of weeding strategies and methods that will reduce weed pressure on carrot crops, especially row-crop carrots, which appear to be the most problematic.
Three-year project on an array of mitigation protocols to reduce the application of glyphosate in a field crop system (corn–soybean–grains).
Experimenting narrow-row crop weed control strategy on three crops: green beans, peas, and soybeans.
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