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)
The goal of this project was to measure the impact of irrigation management on nitrogen uptake and available soil nitrogen on several cultivars under commercial production conditions.
IRDA drew up a list of insects and mites in Québec known to be or likely to become resistant to pesticides.
The aim of this project is to evaluate this aspect of potato production economics to assist producers and their advisors.
Researcher: Luc Belzile
The aim of this project was to identify manure management strategies that boost productivity on Québec dairy farms and reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases.
Researcher: Stéphane Godbout
The purpose of this project was to develop a set of spatially referenced tools for watercourse managers and those in charge of planning sustainable, environmentally friendly improvements to water systems.
Researcher: Aubert Michaud
There is a great need to test green manure as a main source of nitrogen for potatoes as they help to maintain soil quality and control weeds.
Meeting nitrogen requirements mainly through the use of a highly stable form of fertilizer can minimize nitrogen losses, provide nitrogen amounts closer to the plant’s actual needs.
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: Annabelle Firlej
This project as aimed at comparing the efficacy of two parasites (T. brassicae and T. ostriniae) on leek moth.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej
This project evaluated effective and economically viable control strategies for swede midge that are healthy for both humans and the ecosystem.
This project determined the efficacy of various pest control products on the striped cucumber beetle on organic cucurbit crops.
This three-year project looked at optimal ways to use a mix of flowering plants against caterpillar pests of crucifers.
Biofumigation could be an attractive option for increasing the mortality of dormant seeds.
Researcher: Maryse Leblanc
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