The swede midge has been the main pest of crucifers (cabbage family) in Québec since 2003. Its presence throughout the season, the difficulty of detecting the damage it causes, and its cryptic behaviour make controlling this pest very complicated. Organic producers currently rely on pest exclusion nets, which are expensive to use. It is important, therefore, to develop other effective ways of controlling this pest.
From 2014 to 2018
Pest, weed, and disease control, Organic farming
This work will lead to the development of a strategy to help control the cauliflower plant’s most formidable insect pest.
Growing Forward 2
Summary sheetBoislard, T., G. Richard, J. Boisclair. 2018. Évaluation de l’impact du paillis de plastique sur l’interruption du cycle vital de la cécidomyie du chou-fleur (Contarinia nasturtii kieffer) en culture de brocolis biologiques . IRDA. 2 p. Boislard, T., G. Richard, J. Boisclair. 2018. Évaluation de l’impact du paillis de plastique sur l’interruption du cycle vital de la cécidomyie du chou-fleur (Contarinia nasturtii kieffer) en culture de brocolis biologiques . IRDA. 2 p. Download Download
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
Method to monitor and control telluric pathogens affecting potatoes that takes into account the interactions between these pathogens and other soil microbiome organisms.
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