The Japanese beetle, a species of Asian origin, is well adapted to conditions found in Montérégie. It damages the main varieties of highbush blueberries by defoliation and by nibbling the fruit. This project will compare the “attract” and “attract and kill” techniques in four blueberry fields. Japanese beetle populations and plant damage will be assessed following each insecticide application and the overall effectiveness of the methods will be assessed at harvest time.
This project aims to reduce Japanese beetle populations to acceptable levels using localized insecticide applications that minimize environmental and health risks.
From 2018 to 2019
Pest, weed, and disease control
Thanks to this projet, reduced-risk insecticides to human health and environment will reduce Japanese beetle populations.
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation - Programme d’appui au développement de l’agriculture et de l’agroalimentaire en région | Groupe Pleine Terre Inc.
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