Implementation, management, and assessment of flower strips in orchards to promote the biodiversity of beneficial arthropods as an alternative to pesticide application

Daniel Cormier, researcher

Daniel Cormier

Researcher

450 653-7368
ext 360

Contact Daniel Cormier
Gérald Chouinard, researcher

Gérald Chouinard

Researcher

450 653-7368
ext 340

Contact Gérald Chouinard

Description

This project aims to make better use of orchard inter-rows by planting flower strips consisting of perennial and native plants, and managing them in a way that provides the resources needed by beneficial arthropods and, hence, improved recruitment of pollinators and the natural enemies of pests. This project will develop and assess the planting of flower strips in orchard inter-rows as an alternative to the application of insecticides. It also addresses certain industry priorities, insofar as the development of organic production is a stated objective of the Québec apple industry.

Objective(s)

  • Select native and perennial flowering plants that are attractive to and useful for beneficial arthropods.
  • Study the recruitment of pollinators and their effects on the pollination of apple trees.
  • Monitor the role of flower strips in biological pest control.

From 2020 to 2023

Project duration

Fruit production

Activity areas

Pest, weed, and disease control

Service

This project will develop the use of flower strips as an alternative to the application of insecticides in orchards.

Partner

Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec

This may interest you

Apple
2018-2020 • Fruit production

Mating disruption of the codling moth – phase II

Project to increase the use of mating disruption to control codling moths.

Researcher: Daniel Cormier

Read more about the project

Daniel Cormier
Strawberry
2019-2023 • Fruit production

Modifying an irrigated day-neutral-strawberry growing protocol to improve soil functionality by activating beneficial microorganisms through the addition of labile carbon at planting time

This project will modify current protocols with the addition of labile carbon to preserve or rapidly restore the activity of beneficial microorganisms.

Researcher: Christine Landry

Read more about the project

Christine Landry
Cranberries
2016-2018 • Fruit production

Adapting fruit crop pest and disease control to climate change

The goal of this project was to document the impact of climate change on fruit crop pests and diseases in Québec.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

Read more about the project

Annabelle Firlej