Josée Boisclair (agr., MPM) began her career as a biologist in the Lower St. Lawrence region of Québec. She pursued her studies at that time at Université du Québec à Rimouski. Her passion for organic farming led her to obtain a bachelor's degree in agronomy from McGill University, then a master's degree in integrated pest management from Simon Fraser University. For more than 25 years Josée has worked to protect market garden crops from insect pests. A researcher at IRDA since its creation in 1998, she recently helped set up the Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform (Plateforme d’innovation en agriculture biologique) in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville. Her interest in organic farming is reflected in her work on developing new crops such as pumpkin seeds and chia that could contribute to this growing agricultural sector. She is also interested in biological control, specifically the use of beneficial insects to protect crops from insect pests. Josée is also keen on developing diversified market garden systems that support entomological fauna diversity.
This project will provide a better understanding of interactions between a vegetable polyculture system and hedges composed of shrubs and perennials in order to enhance the impact of beneficial insects on vegetable crops.
This project aims to evaluate effective and economically viable control strategies for leek moth that are healthy for both humans and ecosystems.
The goal of this project is to boost the number of fresh and processing sweet corn producers in Québec using trichogramma to control European corn borer.
This three-year project looked at optimal ways to use a mix of flowering plants against caterpillar pests of crucifers.
This project determined the efficacy of various pest control products on the striped cucumber beetle on organic cucurbit crops.
This project evaluated effective and economically viable control strategies for swede midge that are healthy for both humans and the ecosystem.
Scientific article • Josée BoisclairGagnon, A.-E., C. Audette, B. Duval, J. Boisclair. 2017. Can the Use of Trichogramma ostriniae (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) to Control Ostrinia nubilalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) Be Economically Sustainable for Processing Sweet Corn?. Journal of Economic Entomology. 110(1) 59-66. Large-scale use of trichogramma wasps against the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) in fresh and processing sweet corn Download
Research report • Josée BoisclairRoberge, L., C. Thireault, C. Chéla et J. Boisclair. 2007. Évaluation du potentiel de la technique du « topping » ou taille des croix dans les champs de maïs sucré pour contrôler la pyrale du maïs et les pucerons. Programme de soutien à l'innovation horticole. 9 pages. Download