The Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) is the most destructive pest in agriculture today because of the negative impact it has on worldwide berry production. New management strategies must be developed since there are a limited number of biological tools available to manage the pest. This project will formulate multiple independent, but potentially synergistic, strategies by developing intercropping systems and documenting the safety and efficacy of two Asian parasitoids as biological control agents with the goal of supporting an application for their release in Canada. We are also looking to develop new microbial organic products and plant growth promoters that will boost crop resistance to the Spotted Wing Drosophila.
From 2018 to 2023
Pest, weed, and disease control
This project will allow us to develop new biological strategies to control Spotted Wing Drosophila.
Active AgriScience | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Association des producteurs de fraises et framboises du Québec | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (UBC Farm) | Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension | Organic Science Cluster | Université de Montréal | University of New Brunswick
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
Evaluate the toxicity of biological pesticides or repellents to control the spotted wing drosophila on everbearing raspberries grown in tunnels.
Researcher: Daniel Cormier
This project will evaluate the efficiency of the initial releases of sterile spotted wing drosophilas on fall raspberry plots.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej