IRDA identified microbial indicators based on data collected at 64 sampling points in 16 production zones in Québec from 2013 to 2015 as part of the project IRDA-901098 (IA116102). The microbial indicators are used to calculate a biological productivity score for soils in potato fields.
The current project is designed to check the predictability of the biological productivity score using these microbial indicators for rotation crop years and potato crop years.
Partners in the industry will help evaluate 240 new sampling points in 60 production zones. An economic analysis will be conducted to assess the farm-scale profitability of a management approach based on a combination of the validated biological score and the optimum-nitrogen-dose model.
From 2017 to 2019
IRDA offers a wide range of metagenomic analyses for the identification and characterization of soil populations.
Faculté des sciences de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation de l'Université Laval | Groupe Dolbec | Pro-Champs 2001 | Emballage Saint-Ambroise | Pommes de terre Laurentiennes
Development of weeding strategies and methods that will reduce weed pressure on carrot crops, especially row-crop carrots, which appear to be the most problematic.
Researcher: Maryse Leblanc
Test whether or not commercial strains coated on Nantes carrot seeds can compete with native strains in the soil to colonize the host plant and, once symbiosis takes place, whether they succeed in doing a better job than the native strains during the transition to organic farming.
Researcher: Christine Landry
Aerial spraying to optimize the release of trichogramma wasps in order to control the European corn borer over large areas of sweet corn crops in Québec.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej