Pest Management Centre
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
960 Carling Ave, Building 57
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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2020 is the International Year of Plant Health as declared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Canadian farmers/growers require effective tools to manage pest problems like weeds, insects, diseases, and nematodes which can threaten the quality, value, and yield of the crops they produce. Each year the Pest Management Centre (PMC) holds Biopesticides and Minor Use Pesticides Priority Setting Workshops. The 2020 Canadian Biopesticides and Minor Use Pesticides Priority Setting Workshops will take place from March 24th to 26th at the Hilton Lac-Leamy, in Gatineau, Quebec.
The order of the Workshops will be as follows:
- Biopesticides and Minor Use Pesticides Entomology Workshops – March 24th
- Biopesticides and Minor Use Pesticides Pathology Workshops – March 25th
- Biopesticides and Minor Use Pesticides Weed Science Workshops – March 26th
During these workshops, growers and other stakeholders work with PMC staff to prioritize crop-pest problems and to identify potential solutions for these problems.
Registration is by invitation only. For more information on the Workshops please contact Mary Anne Mathura.
Pest Management Program Service teams
- Pesticide Risk Reduction
Reducing risks associated with pesticide use in agricultural crop production
- Minor Use Pesticides
Supporting Canadian growers of minor crops (horticultural, fruits, berries, seeds, forages and other specialty crops) with their pest management needs by generating data for registration of new minor uses of pesticides.
Our current science activities
- Integrated Pest Management Solutions
Projects developing and evaluating lower-risk pest control approaches for agricultural crops
- Minor-use Pesticide Projects
Research projects and product regulatory submissions focused on managing pests on specific, minor crops
Projects incorporating biopesticides as part of integrated management programs for insect pests, weeds and plant diseases of crops
- Invasive Alien Species Coordination Group
Informing about Canadian efforts to combat the Spotted-wing Drosophila and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
- Agricultural Pest Management
Learn about pest management research project results and agricultural pest management resources including crop profiles, field guides, fact sheets, strategies to reduce the use of pesticides, and other resources.
- Pest Management Centre Advisory and Technical Committees
Our advisory and technical committees provide advice to effectively deliver the work of the Pest Management Program.
What we are doing
Our research priorities are determined in partnership with the grower community, provincial governments, scientific experts, and the crop protection industry by identifying critical weed, insect and disease pest problems and matching them with potential solutions.
Our research activities also include non-chemical control options such as biopesticides, and farm management practices that integrate tillage, crop rotation, cultivar resistance, seed selection, balanced fertility, and sanitation into pest management programs.
At various agricultural research facilities across the country, PMC staff conduct trials and collect data to support the registration of certain pesticides for use on minor crops, assisting Canada’s crop producers to protect the yield, value, and their quality.
The Pest Management Centre does not provide advice on pest management to farmers or homeowners. Please contact your provincial government specialists for pest management recommendations pertinent to your region.
Advisory and technical committees advise us on emerging issues and research needs and assist our communication efforts by reporting back to interested stakeholder groups about our research programs and results.
We collaborate internationally with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Pesticides Forum, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Technical Working Group on Pesticides to promote work sharing, global harmonized maximum residue levels (MRLs), and to work towards acceptance of global data and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Articles of Interest
- Modelling where invasive alien insects are going next (2019-08-29)
- Sustainable biocontrol agents: a standing army at the ready (2019-06-21)
- Fusarium dry rot and seed piece decay in the Maritimes (2019-04-04)
- Herbicide resistance – Genetic tools for zero tolerance (2019-02-11)
- Innovative biobed design prevents up to 70% of water contamination by pesticides on farms (2019-02-22)
- Agriculture: then and now - Managing pests (video) (2018-11-27)
- Limiting contamination from pesticide spills, splashes and rinses (2018-06-05)
- New model scores a hat-trick for farmers - Helping them manage aphids, save money, and improve environmental performance (2018-03-29)
- Cover crops to combat bacterial diseases in squash (2018-02-27)
- Use of insect netting for cabbage maggot control (2018-02-07)
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