Each year, IRDA's R&D Team conducts more than one hundred research projects in sustainable agriculture. What's more, IRDA is working with Quebec's key agricultural stakeholders to find concrete solutions.
ServicesSoil health (7) Water protection (2) Ecosystem protection (4) Optimal water management (14) Fertilizer management (10) Pest, weed, and disease control (24) Food safety and quality (4) Organic farming (17) Waste conversion (2) Laboratory analyzes (3)
Years2023 (3) 2022 (7) 2021 (10) 2020 (12) 2019 (21) 2018 (28) 2017 (34) 2016 (24) 2015 (16) 2014 (10) 2013 (1)
The selection of a cultivar should be an essential element in any sound irrigation management strategy. This project aims to optimize water use in potato farming.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
Modifying the cropping system design is an effective way to improve potato crop water-use efficiency and, thereby, lessen the risk of crops experiencing water stress.
This project aims to develop mass trapping strategies to keep damage caused by the striped cucumber beetle populations below the economic threshold, while minimizing the capture of pollinators and natural enemies.
Evaluating and developing a high-throughput sequencing-based diagnostic procedure to identify pathogenic organisms.
Development of weeding strategies and methods that will reduce weed pressure on carrot crops, especially row-crop carrots, which appear to be the most problematic.
Researcher: Maryse Leblanc
Project to quantify the long-term (60+ years) severity of erosion of organic horticultural soils.
Aerial spraying to optimize the release of trichogramma wasps in order to control the European corn borer over large areas of sweet corn crops in Québec.
Method to monitor and control telluric pathogens affecting potatoes that takes into account the interactions between these pathogens and other soil microbiome organisms.
Production of technical sheets on the main natural enemies of Québec’s market garden crops.
This project aims to develop a GHD-based fertilizer management system using split band applications for high-N-demand crops grown in rows, e.g., summer cabbage.
Researcher: Christine Landry
Test whether or not commercial strains coated on Nantes carrot seeds can compete with native strains in the soil to colonize the host plant and, once symbiosis takes place, whether they succeed in doing a better job than the native strains during the transition to organic farming.
Researcher: Christine Landry
Analyzing the factors influencing European corn borer abundance in Québec to improve monitoring methods and better manage future risks associated with this pest.
Researcher: Daniel Cormier
This project aims to assess the impact of cropping practices on baby lettuce yields and quality on muck soil.
and quality of soil, water, and air
of local communities by improving the quality of crop and livestock production, with an emphasis on animal welfare
of crop and livestock production