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Organic producers engaging in research

Special series – Short films

Organic producers engaging in research and innovation

Watch and learn about how producers and researchers are experimenting with organic apples, cranberries, tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, hops and nutraceuticals to protect these crops from weeds and get good yields.

All of these research activities are part of the Organic Science Cluster II project (2013-2018), and each film lasts from 4 to 9 minutes. The Organic Federation of Canada and the Organic Agriculture Center of Canada invite you to click on the titles below to watch the films on YouTube. Enjoy!


Organic apples under exclusion nets at Verger des frères

Mirella Aoun, CETAB+

Organic apple production can be difficult in Eastern Canada because of the dozens of types of insect pests and diseases that can damage the crop. However, production of apples under exclusion nets that protect trees from insects and scab could be a way to meet the growing demand for locally produced organic apples.
Mirella Aoun (CETAB+), describes the research activity that will examine the efficiency of exclusion nets in preventing apple tree pests and diseases without affecting the quality of the fruit. This Organic Science Cluster II activity is led by Gérald Chouinard, researcher at IRDA.
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Optimal irrigation for organic cranberries

Sylvain Lemoine, Canneberges du Roy

Cranberries require a significant amount of water when the crop is being established, but water also fosters the establishment of weeds. Mirella Aoun, researcher at CETAB+, and Sylvain Lemoine, co-owner of the Canneberges du Roy, are working together to determine the optimal irrigation management that supports the establishment of cranberries while avoiding the invasion of tough perennial weeds.

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Geothermal and organic vegetables

Frédéric Jobin-Lawler, Abri végétal

Frédéric Jobin-Lawler and Annie Lévesque, co-owners of the Abri végétal,  are experimenting with the production of organic vegetables in a semi-closed greenhouse by testing the use of a geothermal pump that will help to optimize carbon dioxide levels while controlling the humidity of the greenhouse microclimate.

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Organic Nutraceuticals


André Gosselin, Nutra Canada

Nutra Canada is studying the production of certified organic extracts from cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, melons, and various vegetables, and is designing an efficient  biorefining process that will preserve the quality of the organic sources that are used. André Gosselin, the President of the enterprise, describes the challenges associated with the production of the best certified organic nutraceuticals.

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Organic flowers good for the environment

Nicolas Zyromski, Serres Frank Zyromski

Frank Zyromski Greenhouses, located at Rivière Rouge (Quebec), is experimenting with the organic production of ornamental flowers. Nicolas Zyromski describes how they are investigating LED lighting to obtain high quality, organically certified cuttings and potted flowering plants under the leadership of Martine Dorais, an AAFC researcher.

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Silicon, a valuable fungicide

Louis Gauthier, Fraises de l'île d'Orléans

At the Fraises de l’Île d’Orléans, Louis Gauthier, Research and Development Manager, explains how the absorption of silicon (Si) by strawberries can provide protection against a number of biotic stresses, and is often as effective as a fungicides.  In cooperation with Richard Bélanger (Laval University) and Martine Dorais (AAFC), they are testing the ability of strawberry plants to absorb Si and exploring the benefits that the plants can draw from it this substance.

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Searching for the best fertilization and lighting

for the production of greenhouse vegetables

Julie Lefort, Serres Lefort

At the Lefort Greenhouses, established on the south shore of Montreal, two hectares of organic cucumbers and tomatoes are grown under cover. Julie Lefort cooperates in a research activity led by Martine Dorais, researcher at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, alongside researchers at Laval University. Fertilization and lighting trials with scientific monitoring have become part of their daily routine.

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Organic and nutraceutical hops

Guillaume Gosselin , Houblonnière Gosselin

At the Gosselin Hop Yard, Jean and Guillaume Gosselin grow an organic crop for the nutraceutical market in the province of Quebec. To improve their production, they are cooperating with a team a of researchers led by Martine Dorais, a researcher with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and they explain how this research impacts their production of hops, a giant plant that reaches over 6 meters within 30 days.

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