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.
Major InitiativesMajor initiatives (3)
Activity areaLivestock production (13) Market gardening (28) Fruit production (37) Field crops (22)
ServicesSoil health (17) Water protection (12) Air quality (6) Ecosystem protection (6) Optimal water management (17) Fertilizer management (23) Pest, weed, and disease control (47) Animal welfare (4) Food safety and quality (4) Organic farming (20) Waste conversion (8) Environmental regulations (3) Coexisting in an agricultural environment (1) Laboratory analyzes (1)
Exploration of the potential of detecting water stress in lowbush blueberries using a thermal infrared imaging sensor installed on a drone.
The aim of this project is to improve the productivity of haskap orchards by promoting more efficient water and nutrient uptake.
This project aims to examine whether improving soil health can help check strawberry decline.
Researcher: Christine Landry
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.
The current project is designed to check the predictability of the biological productivity score.
Researcher: Richard Hogue
Economic analysis of a three-year project aimed at testing methods of reducing and correcting surface soil compaction.
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.
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.
This online training platform will help improve technical support for Québec apple growers by furthering the training of new consultants.
Economic analysis of using flower strips around soybean fields to serve as a reservoir for aphid species attacked by Pandora neoaphidis.
The aim of this project is to determine the combined impact on fungicide efficacy of rain and the appearance of new leaves to more accurately identify how long treatments remain effective.
Researcher: Vincent Philion
The main aim of this project is to test a bacterial detection technique developed in Austria that consists of quantifying inoculum carried by bees.
Researcher: Vincent Philion
The aim of this project is to show that efforts made to better distribute phosphorus on the land are effective and that the indicators used to determine phosphorus saturation thresholds are correlated with soil phosphorus balance and dynamics.
Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser
This project will draw recommendations to reduce fugitive emissions through technical means or agricultural practices.
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