Daniel Cormier (Ph.D.) holds a bachelor's degree in agronomy with a specialization in phytoprotection, along with a minor in organic agriculture. He also earned a doctorate in entomology at McGill University. His thesis topic involved the survey of two parasitoids that attack the eggs of a crop pest and the elucidation of the seasonal and chemical ecology of these natural enemies. Daniel joined IRDA in 1999 and currently works as a fruit crop research entomologist specializing in apple and cranberry production. His research focuses on managing crop pests with new strategies that pose less risk to the environment and human health, in compliance with the Integrated Fruit Production Program. These control strategies include the use of predators, parasitoids, bacteria, viruses, trap cropping, reduced-risk insecticides, bio-insecticides, exclusion nets, as well as mating disruption. He participated in the development and validation of a predictive and interactive bio-climatic model that shows the impact of a phytosanitary treatment on pest populations. Recently Daniel coordinated the Québec-wide implementation of a program to combat the codling moth using mating disruption. He has co-supervised four master's students and three doctoral students, and currently co-directs three graduate students. Daniel has contributed to 39 scientific articles published in international journals, 77 scientific presentations, 105 scientific posters, along with 151 presentations and 35 posters aimed at a non-scientific audience.
Daniel coordinated the Québec-wide implementation of a program to combat the codling moth using mating disruption.
The apple leafcurling midge is a new apple pest in Québec. The aim of the project is to explore the pest’s phenology, establish variable economic injury thresholds, and incorporate the results into a phenology model in CIPRA.
The aim of the project was to test a series of attracticides that can be mixed and applied with regular sprayers with no additional specialized or expensive equipment or modifications required.
This project consisted of using mating disruption to control dogwood borers in five orchards.
In a high density strawberry crop grown in sod covered with plastic mulch, evaluate the toxicity of bioinsecticides for controlling tarnished plant bugs and strawberry blossom beetles and of bioherbicides for controlling weeds in and between crop rows.
Evaluate the toxicity of biological pesticides or repellents to control the spotted wing drosophila on everbearing raspberries grown in tunnels.
The goal of the project is to select a strain of the mullein bug to control two spotted and red spider mites when populations tend to explode.
Scientific article • Daniel CormierDe Almeida, J., D. Cormier and É. Lucas. 2008. Impact of flower strip establishment in apple orchard on natural enemy populations. IOBC/WPRS. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Integrated Fruit Production At Avignon (France) October 27-30, 2008. 4 pages Download
Scientific article • Daniel CormierDe Almeida, J., D. Cormier et É. Lucas. 2014. Absence d’effet de l’aménagement de plates-bandes florales sur les populations de pucerons et de prédateurs aphidiphages en vergers de pommiers. Entomologie faunistique - Faunistic Entomology. 67(2014) 133-146. Download