Adapting fruit crop pest and disease control to climate change

Annabelle Firlej, researcher

Annabelle Firlej

Description

The goal of this project was to document the impact of climate change on fruit crop pests and diseases in Québec. Lists were drawn up of pests and diseases that are likely to change and exotic invasive species that will threaten four fruit crops due to climate change. This allowed us to recommend plant protection strategies that decision makers and producers need to develop or adopt.

Objective(s)

For four fruit crops of major economic importance in Québec (apples, cranberries, strawberries, and raspberries):

  • Document the impact of climate change on pests and diseases in Québec
  • Document the exotic invasive species likely to affect the targeted crops in the future
  • Model the effect of climate change in six specific cases based on the 2041‒2070 climate scenarios for Québec
  • Identify and propose climate change adaptation measures for the targeted pests and disease

From 2016 to 2018

Project duration

Fruit production

Activity areas

Pest, weed, and disease control

Service

This project will help prepare berry growers for the emergence of new pests.

Partners

Ouranos | Club environnemental et technique Atocas | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Programme Prime-Vert - approche interrégionale

Publications

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