This project’s aim is to produce technical sheets on the main natural enemies of Québec’s market garden crops. These sheets will comprise quality photos; a taxonomic classification; a description of each developmental stage; the life cycle; and potential prey or hosts according to the scientific literature; as well as a description of the conditions conducive to the appearance of the natural enemy in the targeted crops. Conducted in partnership with MAPAQ's Plant Protection and Diagnostics Laboratory, this project will include a literature review of the natural enemies of the main pests for these vegetable crops: alliaceae, crucifers, cucurbits, solanaceae, asparagus, carrots, sweet corn, and potatoes. The selected natural enemies will be collected in the field and photographed. Using these quality images and the information gathered in the literature review, we will assemble about 90 technical sheets, which will be accessible to IRIIS Phytoprotection website users.
From 2019 to 2021
Pest, weed, and disease control, Ecosystem protection
This project will help enhance the presence of the natural enemies of crop pests.
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec
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