The principle behind thermal imaging is based on the fact that plants under water stress have a lower transpiration rate and a higher canopy temperature than plants well supplied with water. Canopy temperatures captured by drone can be used to quickly evaluate water stress in crops like lowbush blueberries and guide decisions as to whether irrigation is required.
From 2017 to 2018
Optimal water management
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Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Institut national de la recherche scientifique
The purpose of this project is to test the general hypothesis that biobased polymers can be used to replace fossil-fuel-based products and reduce the use of pesticides without increasing GHG emissions.
The project consisted of sterilizing spotted wing drosophilas in the laboratory and mass releasing it in crops as a biocontrol method.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej
The aim of this project was to test the general hypothesis that exclusion nets, when properly used, can prevent attacks by most apple pests and reduce disease incidence with no major adverse effects on fruit quality.
Researcher: Gérald Chouinard