Annabelle Firlej, Ph.D.

Annabelle Firlej, researcher

Annabelle Firlej

Researcher

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About

Annabelle Firlej (Ph.D) earned a doctorate in biology from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2007 and then worked for 6 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV) on various projects related to biological control, invasive exotic species, and the impact of climate change on insects. A researcher at IRDA since 2017, she develops entomology research projects that address issues faced by berry, cranberry, and apple growers. She brings her skill set to bear by facilitating the creation of productive partnerships and developing new areas of expertise that benefit growers.

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Biology and ecology of crop pests and natural enemies
  • Molecular identification of insects
  • Biological control
  • Invasive exotic species
  • Climate change
  • Berry and apple production

Annabelle Firlej is developing a method to control Spotted Wing Drosophila, Canada’s most devastating crop pest, which involves the release of sterile males.

Related research project(s)

2018-2020 • Fruit production

Evaluating techniques to interrupt the developmental cycle of spotted wing drosphila overwintering in Québec

The project’s overall goal is to slow the arrival of Spotted Wing Drosophila in crop plots using mass trapping at overwintering sites.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Raspberries, blueberries dans strawberries
2018-2019 • Fruit production

Incorporating integrated fruit production data for strawberries, raspberries, and highbush blueberries into the SAgE Pesticides web tool

This project looks to incorporate the data for the recommended IFP berry products into the SAgE Pesticides database. The goal is to encourage farmers to adopt IFP and make it easier for them to access IFP data.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Spotted Wing Drosophila
2018-2023 • Fruit production

Environmentally sound management of the Spotted Wing Drosophila

This project will formulate multiple independent, but potentially synergistic, strategies to control Spotted Wing Drosophila.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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High plastic tunnel
2018-2021 • Fruit production

Developing new shelter systems adapted to organic raspberry production that reduce pest infestations and boost crop productivity and profitability

Design and validation of a new generation of high tunnels with automatic retractable roofs, new roofing materials, and screens that will extend the harvest season.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Spotted wing drosophila, Photo credit: IRIIS Phytoprotection
2019-2020 • Fruit production

Developing transfer tools to promote good integrated pest management practices for Spotted Wing Drosophila

This update will incorporate information from more recent scientific articles on Spotted Wing Drosophila

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Marie-Pier Ricard, research assistant

Marie-Pier Ricard

Research Assistant

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Paul Deschênes, research assistant

Paul Deschênes

Research Assistant

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Rachelle Fecteau, Pedology Technician

Rachelle Fecteau

Pedology Technician

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