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 2016
Potatoes
2016-2017 • Market gardening

Adapting quantitative detection methods for determining silver scurf injury thresholds both in the soil and on seed potatoes to model potential economic losses

The fungal pathogen Helminthosporium solani causes silver scurf, a disease that is hard to detect, both in the soil and on harvested potatoes.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Laying hens
2016-2018 • Livestock production

Revising the nutrient balance sheet for estimating phosphorus loading in laying hen production

This project was set up to test the nutrient balance sheet method as a tool for estimating phosphorus output from pullets and laying hens.

Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
2014-2017 • Field crops

Determining the ideal time to spread pig manure to improve crop yield and protect soil, water, and air quality

To provide information on the fertilizing value and environmental impact of spreading pig manure at different times, the project compared the effect of mineral fertilizer in early fall, late fall, and in the spring.

Researcher: Matthieu Girard

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Matthieu Girard
Wild blueberries
2016-2017 • Fruit production

Evaluation of technical efficiency and financial performance of wild blueberry production in Québec

This economic analysis measured the technical efficiency of Québec wild blueberry farms.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Exclusion nets
2014-2018 • Fruit production

Exclusion nets for organic apple production in Eastern Canada

The aim of this project was to test the general hypothesis that exclusion nets, when properly used, can prevent attacks by most apple pests and reduce disease incidence with no major adverse effects on fruit quality.

Researcher: Gérald Chouinard

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Gérald Chouinard
Paper mulch

Optimizing methods of installing and maintaining commercial paper mulch

The purpose of the project was to develop techniques and tools for maintaining paper mulch during crop growth.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
River and cows
2016-2019

Participative research on sustainable options for on-farm water management adapted to climate change

The objective of the project is to co-develop, with producers and local water management organizations, potential adaptation strategies to prevent water use conflicts in farming communities in the face of climate change.

Researcher: Aubert Michaud

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Aubert Michaud
Vegetables
2016-2017

Field tests on the potential of pelleted grocery fruit and vegetable waste as fertilizer and animal feed

The purpose of this project was to field-test pelleted grocery fruit and vegetable waste as a fertilizer or high-carbon soil amendment.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Galinsoga
2016-2018 • Market gardening

Galinsoga management in organic vegetable production

The aim of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of different control strategies.

Researcher: Maryse Leblanc

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Maryse Leblanc
Spotted Wing Drosophila
2016-2019 • Fruit production

Control strategies to reduce the impact of the spotted wing drosophila

This project aims to promote a biocontrol solution by testing a complex of natural enemies that attack the spotted wing drosophilia at different development stages.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Canola
2016-2019 • Field crops

Impact of manure management and tillage practices on water quality and safety in canola and wheat

Canola and wheat (wheat-corn-canola rotation) were planted in 2016 and 2017, respectively, on 12 experimental plots with tillage practices on the main plots (minimum tillage and chisel plow) and fertilization methods (mineral fertilizers, 25 m3/ha of pig manure and 50 m3/ha of pig manure) in the subplots.

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Caroline Côté
Marc-Olivier Gasser
Carrots
2014-2017 • Market gardening

Impact of green manure and organic fertilizers on the yields and safety of organic carrots grown on muck soil

Plots were set up at the Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform in St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Québec.

Researcher: Caroline Côté

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Caroline Côté
Irrigation pond

Control measures to reduce clogging in a St. Lawrence River water treatment process using slow sand filtration

To manage clogging risks, the project automated pumping based on water turbidity and cover the filter to prevent light from entering the water and thus reduce algal bloom. 

Researcher: Caroline Côté

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Caroline Côté
Thistle
2014-2017 • Field crops

Vegetative propagation and regenerative capacity of Canada thistle and sow thistle under organic management

The purpose of this project was to study the vegetative propagation and regeneration capacity of Canada thistle and sow thistle with a view to developing effective weed control strategies.

Researcher: Maryse Leblanc

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Maryse Leblanc
Barcoding
2015-2017

Improving molecular techniques for identifying pests to meet the diagnostic needs of the agricultural industry in the context of climate change

Barcoding can be used to obtain DNA sequences from specimens kept in the official Québec government insect collection and compare these sequences with those from field-caught specimens.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej

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