This project’s goal is to develop a large-scale inundative release method using the same trichogramma species employed in a previous project. More specifically, we will compare two large-scale release systems administered at different doses. We will perform a cost-benefit analysis to determine which method is most cost-effective for producers and compare it to existing insecticide treatment methods.
The overall objective is to develop a biological method for controlling the black-headed fireworm using trichogramma. The method will be made available to Québec cranberry growers as an alternative to insecticides. The specific aims are to
From 2018 to 2021
Pest, weed, and disease control
This biological method for controlling the black-headed fireworm will be an alternative to insecticides.
In highbush blueberry fields where stunt disease has been detected, plants that have never received nitrogen fertilizer are more vigorous and homogeneous than plants that have received nitrogen fertilizer.
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
This project will formulate multiple independent, but potentially synergistic, strategies to control Spotted Wing Drosophila.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej