The aim of our project was to increase the acreage on which mating disruption is used against the codling moth in all of Québec’s apple-growing regions. This will significantly reduce the number of insecticide sprays for this pest and the associated risks to better protect human health and the environment.
From 2016 to 2018
Pest, weed, and disease control
By 2017, 137 Québec orchards, an area equivalent to 2,800 football fields, were using mating disruption to control codling moth.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec - Prime-Vert Programme
The project was conducted at IRDA’S Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform. Strawberries (Cleary cultivar) were produced in beds covered with black plastic mulch.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
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
Evaluation of the effectiveness of various predator combinations in controlling spotted wing drosophilia.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej