Gérald Chouinard (agr., Ph.D.) is an agronomist with a doctorate in fruit entomology from McGill University. He has been at IRDA since its creation, and his work focuses on the integrated management of harmful and beneficial orchard insects and mites. He also acts as the apple tree warning officer for the Québec Plant Protection Warning Network (Réseau d’avertissements phytosanitaires), a group of specialists working to develop integrated fruit production, promote safe and sustainable control methods, and support apple growers and industry professionals in their mission to grow quality apples in an environmentally responsible manner. He is active at all levels of the innovation chain, including research, development, and technology transfer. He is an associate professor at Université du Québec à Montréal and Université Laval. He is the recipient of the Léon-Provancher Prize awarded by Société d’Entomologie du Québec, the Révérend-Père-Léopold Prize awarded by Les Producteurs de Pommes du Québec, and the Agronomic Distinction Medal awarded by the Ordre des Agronomes du Québec. He is the author of numerous scientific and technical publications, including books such as Guide de référence en production fruitière intégrée (Integrated Fruit Production Reference Guide) and Guide d’identification: maladies, ravageurs et organismes bénéfiques des arbres fruitiers (Identification Guide for Diseases, Pests, and Beneficial Organisms affecting Fruit Trees).
The aim of the project was to measure the effect of certain natural repellents that can be used on different types of exclusion nets.
An attract and kill technique to control plum curculio was recently proposed by U.S. researchers, but it is very little used in orchards and virtually unknown in Québec.
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 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.
This online training platform will help improve technical support for Québec apple growers by furthering the training of new consultants.
The aim of this project is to measure the potential of automated traps and extrapolate it to an apple-monitoring network.
Presentation • Gérald ChouinardKnoch, S., M.-J. Dumont, G. Chouinard et J.R. Tavares. 2018. Development of bio-based polymer agricultural netting. 13e Colloque Annuel du CREPEC (Centre de recherche sur les systèmes polymères et composites à haute performance). 6 déc. 2018. Exclusion nets made from biobased polymers Download