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
An attract and kill technique to control plum curculio was recently proposed by U.S. researchers, but it is very little used in orchards and virtually unknown in Québec.
Researcher: Gérald Chouinard
Exploration of the potential of detecting water stress in lowbush blueberries using a thermal infrared imaging sensor installed on a drone.
Researcher: Carl Boivin