As part of an integrated pest control program, the company Les Serres Rosaire Pion & fils launched an innovative project on the use of flower strips in potted perennial production. A section of a single species of perennial sensitive to thrips damage (e.g., Hemerocallis Stella de Oro) was selected. Large containers of plant media measuring about 1 ft. by 5 ft. were seeded with plant species that attract natural enemies of thrips (especially the predatory bug Orius) such as certain species in the Aster family (e.g. calendula). A bed of the same perennial, located at least 50 m away, served as a control (without flower strips).
From 2016 to 2017
Pest, weed, and disease control
This project will help reduce the use of insecticides.
Les Serres Rosaire Pion et Fils | Institut québécois du développement de l'horticulture ornementale | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec
Hydrologic response to soil physical condition within Pot-au-beurre and Saint-Germain rivers.
Researcher: Simon Ricard
The general goal of the project is to develop biostimulants from oils produced by the rapid pyrolysis of crop and logging residues.
The project consisted of setting up and operating six hydrometric stations in the Riviére Bullstrode watershed.
Researcher: Aubert Michaud, retraité