Biological characterization of soils to increase potato productivity and soil sustainability

Richard Hogue, researcher

Richard Hogue

Researcher, Ph.D.

418 643-2380
ext 420

Contact Richard Hogue

Description

To increase the productivity of potato production systems and preserve soil quality, we need to enhance our knowledge of interactions among biological, physical, chemical, and agronomic characteristics of cultivated soils in various environments. The project added biological and metagenomic characteristics to a database developed by Dr. Parent’s team over the previous four years. The database contains data on the physical, chemical, agronomic, and environmental characteristics of soils under various production systems in 16 georeferenced potato-growing areas.

Objective(s)

  • Determining the key structural and functional biological characteristics of soils under various potato production systems
  • Creating a database of biological, physical, chemical, agronomic, and environmental information with a view to increasing yields, improving crop quality, and preserving soil productivity

From 2014 to 2017

Project duration

Market gardening

Activity areas

Soil health, Laboratory analyzes

Services

This project will help maintain the quality of soils used for growing potatoes.

Partners

Innov'Action | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Université Laval

This may interest you

Control measures to reduce clogging in a St. Lawrence River water treatment process using slow sand filtration

To manage clogging risks, the project automated pumping based on water turbidity and cover the filter to prevent light from entering the water and thus reduce algal bloom. 

Researcher: Caroline Côté

Read more about the project

Caroline Côté
2017-2019 • Market gardening

Cost-effectiveness of irrigation on Qu├ębec potato farms

The aim of this project is to evaluate this aspect of potato production economics to assist producers and their advisors.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

Read more about the project