This funding program allows members of the Pommier Network to propose project ideas that are likely to respond to phytosanitary issues in the apple sector. A planning committee compiles the proposals and then submits them to the scientific committee. This committee, made up of IRDA researchers and MAPAQ advisors, is responsible for prioritizing these proposals and training the teams best able to develop the selected ideas into quality projects that will aim to foster innovation in the apple sector. in a context of sustainable development.
Exclusion nets have proven to be effective against nearly all of these insect pests, which means that it’s possible to develop apple growing practices in Québec that are not only neonicotinoid free, but also devoid of all pesticides (including acaricides, given that mite problems are a consequence of broad-spectrum insecticide use). Although the net exclusion microsystem studied in Québec since 2012 has demonstrated its effectiveness in controlling insect pests, some issues remain to be studied before it can be unreservedly recommended. Among these are the handling times for the nets, i.e., installation/removal and opening/closing, and the system’s profitability and durability over the long haul for various cultivars.
Researcher: Mikaël Larose
The aim of this two-year project was to determine the efficacy of various pesticides in the field.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej