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
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
IRDA is in charge of the economic analysis for this project which purpose is to examine the impact of flower plantings on bumblebee biodiversity in apple orchards in southern Québec.
Researcher: Luc Belzile
This project’s aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of HARVANTA® 50SL to control the cranberry weevil, the blackheaded fireworm and the cranberry fruitworm.
Researcher: Aubert Michaud