There is very little documentation on the link between the number of spotted wing drosophila captured in traps and berry crop damage and associated economic losses. The aim of this project was to gather the necessary data to determine whether trap captures can predict damage levels and yield losses in the field. Traps were installed for two years in five raspberry fields in Québec. Numbers of adults in the traps and larva in the fruit, as well as yield losses and the percentage of undamaged fruit were evaluated every week during the harvest season.
From 2015 to 2017
Pest, weed, and disease control, Organic farming
IRDA boasts considerable expertise in the fight against new invasive insects.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec - Prime-vert Programme
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
The goal of the project is to select a strain of the mullein bug to control two spotted and red spider mites when populations tend to explode.
Researcher: Daniel Cormier