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.

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Results for Organic farming
High plastic tunnel
2018-2021 • Fruit production

Developing new shelter systems adapted to organic raspberry production that reduce pest infestations and boost crop productivity and profitability

Design and validation of a new generation of high tunnels with automatic retractable roofs, new roofing materials, and screens that will extend the harvest season.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
2018-2019 • Market gardening

Evaluating a protocol for growing organic market garden cabbage using split band applications of granulated laying-hen droppings

This project aims to develop a GHD-based fertilizer management system using split band applications for high-N-demand crops grown in rows, e.g., summer cabbage.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
2018-2020 • Market gardening

Evaluating the effect of seeds coated with commercial, mycorrhizal fungi inoculum on the yields of nantes carrots grown in mineral soil early in the organic transition process

Test whether or not commercial strains coated on Nantes carrot seeds can compete with native strains in the soil to colonize the host plant and, once symbiosis takes place, whether they succeed in doing a better job than the native strains during the transition to organic farming.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
2018-2022 • Field crops

Biological control of cabbage seedpod weevil in the Prairies – Economic Analysis

The goal of the project is to improve biological methods for controlling the cabbage seedpod weevil in canola crops. In this project, initiated by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and conducted in Québec by UQAM, IRDA is performing an economic analysis of the practices under study.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Baby lettuce
2017-2018 • Market gardening

Multidisciplinary assessment of organic production systems for baby lettuce on muck soil

This project aims to assess the impact of cropping practices on baby lettuce yields and quality on muck soil.

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Caroline Côté
Annabelle Firlej
Spotted wing drosophila egg
2015-2017 • Fruit production

A study on the link between spotted wing drosophila populations, crop damage, and yield losses

This project helped to determine if there is a significant correlation between the number of adult spotted wing drosophila captured and yield losses observed in the field.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Broccolis
2015-2019 • Market gardening

Selection and management of legume intercrops in organic vegetable production

This project proposes ways of using legume intercrops to control vegetable pests (insects, diseases, and weeds) while increasing soil productivity and quality and economic yields.

Researcher: Josée Boisclair

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Josée Boisclair
Leek moth
2015-2019 • Market gardening

Biological control of leek moth through the release of trichogramma wasps in organic leek production in Québec

This project as aimed at comparing the efficacy of two parasites (T. brassicae and T. ostriniae) on leek moth.

Researcher: Josée Boisclair

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Josée Boisclair
Chia
2015-2018 • Field crops

Chia: a new crop for organic production in Québec

This two-year project, conducted at the Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform, compared the effect of three seeding dates and three seeding rates on chia yields.

Researcher: Josée Boisclair

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Josée Boisclair
Cauliflowers
2014-2018 • Market gardening

Control strategies for swede midge in organic production

This project evaluated effective and economically viable control strategies for swede midge that are healthy for both humans and the ecosystem.

Researcher: Josée Boisclair

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Josée Boisclair
Striped cucumber beetle
2014-2018 • Market gardening

Control of the striped cucumber beetle in organic cucurbit production

This project determined the efficacy of various pest control products on the striped cucumber beetle on organic cucurbit crops.

Researcher: Josée Boisclair

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Josée Boisclair
Green manure
2014-2017 • Field crops

Agronomic and environmental impacts of various types of organic fertilizers and green manures in field crop production

This project evaluated the impact of various corn, soya, and wheat fertilization methods on marketable yields, harvest quality, nitrate losses, and movement of microorganisms potentially pathogenic for humans.

Researcher: Caroline Côté

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Caroline Côté
Marigold flowers
2015-2018 • Market gardening

Potential of a flowering plant mix to encourage natural enemies of caterpillar pests on crucifers (cabbage family)

This three-year project looked at optimal ways to use a mix of flowering plants against caterpillar pests of crucifers.

Researcher: Josée Boisclair

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Josée Boisclair

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