Improving the RIMpro software to better predict the risk of infection during rainfall.
From 2015 to 2018
Pest, weed, and disease control
This software protects the investments of apple growers in controlling fire blight, a sporadic disease that can completely devastate an orchard in a single season.
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec | Prime-Vert Programme
This project tests cost-effective organic fertilization strategies for summer strawberries on plastic.
Researcher: Christine Landry
Exclusion nets have proven to be effective against nearly all of these insect pests, which means that it’s possible to develop apple growing practices in Québec that are not only neonicotinoid free, but also devoid of all pesticides (including acaricides, given that mite problems are a consequence of broad-spectrum insecticide use). Although the net exclusion microsystem studied in Québec since 2012 has demonstrated its effectiveness in controlling insect pests, some issues remain to be studied before it can be unreservedly recommended. Among these are the handling times for the nets, i.e., installation/removal and opening/closing, and the system’s profitability and durability over the long haul for various cultivars.
Researcher: Gérald Chouinard
The project consisted of sterilizing spotted wing drosophilas in the laboratory and mass releasing it in crops as a biocontrol method.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej