The spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, is an exotic pest from Asia that was observed for the first time in Québec in 2010 and has been considered as a major pest since 2013. Our project aims to promote a biocontrol solution by testing a complex of natural enemies that attack the pest at different development stages.
From 2016 to 2019
Pest, weed, and disease control, Organic farming
Drosophila sterilization lowers the need for pesticide applications on ripe fruit.
Growing Forward 2 | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Innov'Action Programme | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Université Laval | University of Florida
Presentation • Annabelle FirlejFirlej, A. 2018. Drosophile à ailes tachetées : Utilisation de filets anti-insectes. Présentation donnée dans le cadre de la Journée horticole Estrie. IRDA. 49 pages. Firlej, A. 2018. Drosophile à ailes tachetées : Utilisation de filets anti-insectes. Présentation donnée dans le cadre de la Journée horticole Estrie. IRDA. 49 pages. Download Download
IRDA drew up a list of insects and mites in Québec known to be or likely to become resistant to pesticides.
As part of this project, the soil water status at a chosen blueberry farm will be monitored at 40 spots over the course of the production year. We will seek to identify the relationship between water extraction, physicochemical and environmental factors, and yield levels that could help explain yield variability.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
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.
Researcher: Luc Belzile