The goal of this project is to develop a mating disruption method to control two cranberry pests. We will test a new pheromone dispenser developed expressly for this crop. We will assess its effectiveness in reducing the populations of the two pests and the damage they cause, as well as the duration of the dispenser’s effectiveness in the laboratory and in the field. By the project’s end we will have a good idea of the potential of mating disruption to control the black headed fireworm and the cranberry fruitworm, as well as how best to apply it. This information will provide the basis for introducing mating disruption as an alternative integrated pest control strategy to Québec’s cranberry growers.
From 2019 to 2021
Pest, weed, and disease control, Organic farming
Compared with insecticide applications, this method reduces the risks to human health and the environment.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Club environnemental et technique Atocas Québec
Exclusion nets have proven to be effective against nearly all of these insect pests, which means that it’s possible to develop apple growing practices in Québec that are not only neonicotinoid free, but also devoid of all pesticides (including acaricides, given that mite problems are a consequence of broad-spectrum insecticide use). Although the net exclusion microsystem studied in Québec since 2012 has demonstrated its effectiveness in controlling insect pests, some issues remain to be studied before it can be unreservedly recommended. Among these are the handling times for the nets, i.e., installation/removal and opening/closing, and the system’s profitability and durability over the long haul for various cultivars.
Researcher: Gérald Chouinard
This project aims to examine whether improving soil health can help check strawberry decline.
Researcher: Christine Landry
This project will evaluate the efficiency of the initial releases of sterile spotted wing drosophilas on fall raspberry plots.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej