Bishop’s Univer­sity Re­searcher An­nounces Fed­er­ally Funded Part­ner­ship With Prisme To In­crease Pest Con­trol

Stanstead Journal - - LENNOXVILLE NEWS -

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

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