Bishop’s University Researcher Announces Federally Funded Partnership With Prisme To Increase Pest Control
Dr. Jade Savage of Bishop’s University’s Department of Biology has formed a partnership with non-profit organization Productions en régie intégrée du sud de Montréal (PRISME) to conduct research that would allow producers of onions and cruciferous crops to use pest-control products more efficiently. Supported by Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriInnovation Program, Dr. Savage and PRISME will develop new identification tools to the various root-maggot flies species (genus Delia) that threaten local crops in the Eastern Townships.
Dr. Savage and PRISME estimate that rapid and accurate identification of these pests will result in direct benefits for 9,000 acres of yellow and green onions, radishes, spinach, Chinese cabbage, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower, for an on-farm value of over $90 million.
Mr. Pascal Guérin, Executive Director of PRISME, states that “PRISME is delight-
ed with the newly-established partnership with Dr. Savage on the Delia identification project in onion and cruciferous crops. Her expertise as well as the tools that will be developed upon completion of the project will benefit the Canadian agricultural system as a whole, especially with regards to pest-control and associated research projects.” The shared leadership undertaken by Dr. Savage and PRISME will lead to new innovations in farming practices and advance knowledge and understanding of pest-control. Bishop’s University is proud to encourage such partnerships and hopes that many more will follow.
For more information about this and other research projects at Bishop’s University, please visit: http://www.ubishops.ca/research/index.html
For more information about PRISME, please visit their website: http://www.prisme.ca/default.asp