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.
From 2020 to 2023
Pest, weed, and disease control
This project will develop the use of flower strips as an alternative to the application of insecticides in orchards.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec
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