The spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, is an exotic pest from Asia that was observed for the first time in Québec in 2010 and has been considered as a major pest since 2013. Our project aims to promote a biocontrol solution by testing a complex of natural enemies that attack the pest at different development stages.
From 2016 to 2019
Pest, weed, and disease control, Organic farming
Drosophila sterilization lowers the need for pesticide applications on ripe fruit.
Growing Forward 2 | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Innov'Action Programme | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Université Laval | University of Florida
Presentation • Annabelle FirlejFirlej, A. 2018. Drosophile à ailes tachetées : Utilisation de filets anti-insectes. Présentation donnée dans le cadre de la Journée horticole Estrie. IRDA. 49 pages. Firlej, A. 2018. Drosophile à ailes tachetées : Utilisation de filets anti-insectes. Présentation donnée dans le cadre de la Journée horticole Estrie. IRDA. 49 pages. Download Download
The project consisted of sterilizing spotted wing drosophilas in the laboratory and mass releasing it in crops as a biocontrol method.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej
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.
Researcher: Gérald Chouinard
The main aim of this project is to test a bacterial detection technique developed in Austria that consists of quantifying inoculum carried by bees.
Researcher: Vincent Philion