An attract and kill technique to control plum curculio was recently proposed by U.S. researchers, but it is not well adapted to a number of production types (conventional, organic, high density, etc.) is very little used in orchards and virtually unknown in Québec. As in the case of other types of attract and kill techniques currently available for apple pests (e.g., codling moth and apple maggot), the attracticide method for plum curculio requires combining an attractant with a very low dose of an effective insecticide. It can also be easily adapted to organic production through a judicious choice of insecticide.
From 2015 to 2017
Pest, weed, and disease control, Organic farming
The attracticide method for plum curculio can also be easily adapted to organic production.
Growing Forward 2 | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Innov'Action Programme | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Ferme Haut-Vallon | Anatis Bioprotection
The project consisted of sterilizing spotted wing drosophilas in the laboratory and mass releasing it in crops as a biocontrol method.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej
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 was to field-test sound irrigation practices and band application of various types of fertilizers at ridging time to eliminate fertigation and increase the efficiency of fertilizer and water use under plastic mulch.