Dr. Roselyne M. Labbé

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Research Scientist - Greenhouse Entomology
  • Study the biology of new and emerging arthropod pests and biological control agents.
  • Discover and study natural enemies native to North America.
  • Examine intraguild interactions in greenhouse biological control.
  • Use molecular tools to study arthropod identity,  organismal interactions, insect physiology and resistance.
  • Development of greenhouse biological control and integrated pest management programmes.

Current research and/or projects

  • Labbé, R. (PI) & Mlynarek, J. (Co-PI) Industry-led Research and Development to Canadian Horticulture Council/ Biological Control of Tuta absoluta/  2018-2022.
  • Donly, C. (PI), Scott, I. (Co-PI) et al., (Labbé, R, Co-Applicant) AAFC A-base/ RNAi Trap Plants for Horticulture/ 2018-2022.
  • MacKinnon, S (PI) & Marchand, G (Co-PI) et al., (Labbé, R, Co-Applicant)/ AAFC A-base/ Nutrient-rich plants for Northern Agriculture/ 2018-2021.
  • Theilmann, D (PI) & Labbé, R. (Co-PI) et al., / AAFC A-base/ New Biologicals for Control of Insects/ 2018-2021.
  • Labbé, R. (PI)/ Industry-led Research and Development Canadian Horticulture Council/ Pepper Weevil Integrated Management/ 2018-2022.
  • Steeves, S. (PI) et al., (Labbé, R. Team Member)/ International-Israel-Horticulture - AAFC/ Effect of Light Spectral Quality for Vertical Agriculture Pest Management and for Prevention of Fungal Diseases/ 2017-2018.
  • Gariepy, T. (PI), Mason, P. (Co-PI) et al., (Labbé, R. Co-Applicant)/ AAFC A-base/ Biological Control of Agricultural Pests/ 2016-2019.
  • Hao, X. (PI) & Cao, R. (Co-PI) et al., (Labbé, R, Co-Applicant) / AAFC A-base/ Integrated production and IPM systems/ 2016-2019.
  • Donly, C (PI) et al., (Labbé, R, Co-Applicant) / AAFC A-base/ New tools for greenhouse IPM/ 2016-2019.

Research and/or project statements

  • The greenhouse entomology team at the Harrow Research and Development Centre focuses on the development of biological control and integrated pest management programs for the Canadian greenhouse horticultural industry. 
  • Our work entails the discovery and validation of novel biological control and reduced risk agents used to suppress pests of greenhouse crops, as well as the development of new tools and technologies to improve pest management.
  • This research program has as its ultimate goal to contribute to optimizing the competitiveness and sustainability of Canada's greenhouse vegetable production sector.

Professional activities / interests

  • Member of the International Organization of Biological Control.
  • Member of the Entomological Society of Canada.
  • Member of the Entomological Society of Ontario.
  • Member of the Entomological Society of America.
  • Organizing Committee Member of the Ontario Pest Management Conference.

Education and awards

  • PhD, Molecular Entomology (2005-2010), Western University & Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, London, ON, Canada.
  • Master of Science, Entomology - Biological Control (2002-2005), Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada.
  • Honours Bachelor of Science, Biology (1998-2002), Western University, London, ON, Canada.

International experience and/or work

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2013 - 2014), Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. United States.

Key publications

  1. Leo, S. Scott-Dupree, C., and Labbe, R. 2022. Putting Pressure on a Pepper Pest: How Jaliscoa hunteri can suppress the pepper weevil. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (Niagara Falls) Poster presentation February 23 2022

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  2. Basso, J., Labbe, R. and Scott-Dupree, C. 2022. The sterile insect technique: A novel tool for control of pepper weevil in greenhouse pepper crops. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (Niagara Falls) Poster presentation February 23 2022

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  3. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., Labbé, R., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Tomato defenders: evaluating two native predatory Dicyphus species as novel biocontrol agents on tomato crops. (Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Convention, Niagara Falls, Canada)

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  4. Labbe, R., Longpre, F., Des Marteaux, L., Leo, S., Desloges-Baril, P., Basso, J., Laflair, A. Van Laerhoven, S., and Scott-Dupree, C. 2022. Greenhouse Entomology Research Update. Harrow RDC Virtual Open House Presentation. February 23, 2022.

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  5. Fernandez, D. C., VanLaerhoven, S., Sinclair, B. and Labbé, R. 2021. Cold tolerance of the pepper weevil (Anthonomus eugenii). Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. (Virtual Poster Presentation)

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  6. Gallant B, Blatt S, Douglas HB, Labbe R, Makela K. 2021. How you can help protect Canada’s plant resources: report a plant pest. Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada, 53: #-#.

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  7. Leo, S., Scott-Dupree, C., Fernandez, C., Gagnier, D., Rizzato, R. and Labbé, R. 2021. Evaluating the parasitoid Jaliscoa hunteri as a biological control agent for the pepper weevil (Anthonomus eugenii) on greenhouse pepper crops. Entomological Society of Canada Joint Annual Meeting. November 17, 2021. (Virtual Presentation)

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  8. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Exploring native predatory hemipteran species. (Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and Entomological Society of Ontario – Virtual)

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  9. Basso, J., Labbé, R. and Scott-Dupree, C. 2021. Potential new tool for pepper weevil management in Ontario greenhouses: Sterile Insect Technique. Entomological Society of Canada Joint Annual Meeting. November 17, 2021. (Virtual Presentation)

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  10. Basso, J., Labbé, R. and Scott-Dupree, C. 2021. Potential new tool for pepper weevil management in Ontario greenhouses: Sterile Insect Technique. Entomological Society of Canada Joint Annual Meeting. November 17, 2021. (Virtual Presentation)

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  11. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Exploring native predatory hemipteran species. (Ontario Pest Management Conference – Virtual)

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  12. Laflair, A., Van Laerhoven, S., Des Marteaux, L., Mlynarek, J. and Labbe, R. 2021. Functional response and predatory capacity of a native generalist biological control agent, Nabis americoferus Carayon (Hemiptera: Nabidae), towards lepidopteran pests. Ontario Pest Management Conference (OPMC) Poster presented Nov 1 2021.

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  13. Laflair, A., Van Laerhoven, S., Des Marteaux, L., Mlynarek, J. and Labbe, R. 2021. Reproductive and life-history potential of Nabis americoferus: a native generalist biological control agent. Entomological Society of America Conference (ESA) 2021: Poster presented Oct 31 2021.

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  14. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Exploring native predatory hemipteran species. (Entomological Society of America AGM – Virtual)

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  15. Basso, J., Labbé, R. and Scott-Dupree, C. 2021. Potential new tool for pepper weevil management in Ontario greenhouses: Sterile Insect Technique. Entomology 2021 Annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America. (Virtual Presentation)

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  16. Leo, S., Scott-Dupree, C. and Labbé, R. 2021. Parasitoid wasp Jaliscoa hunteri Crawford (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) can effectively suppress pepper weevil (Anthonomus eugenii Cano) at both first and third larval instars. Entomology 2021 Annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America. (Virtual Presentation)

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  17. Labbé, R., Brazil, M. and McCreary. C. Research Update: Pepper weevil studies bring new products to light in Canada. Greenhouse Canada Magazine, October 2021.

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  18. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Evaluation of native Hemiptera for biocontrol in Canadian tomato crops. (Canadian Greenhouse Conference – Virtual)

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  19. Laflair, A., Van Laerhoven, S., Des Marteaux, L., Mlynarek, J. and Labbe, R. 2021. Lifespan and reproductive output of Nabis americoferus: a potential native generalist biological control agent. Canadian Greenhouse Conference (CGC) Poster presented October 6 2021

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  20. Basso, J., Labbe, R. and Scott-Dupree, C. 2021. Potential new tool for pepper weevil management in Ontario greenhouses: Sterile Insect Technique. Virtual Poster Presentation - Canadian Greenhouse Conference.

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Research facility

2585 County Road 20
Harrow, ON N0R 1G0
Canada

Affiliations

Adjunct Professor - University of Guelph, School of Environmental Sciences (2019 - present)

Adjunct Professor - University of Windsor, Department of Integrative Biology (2016 - present).

Language

English
French

Other languages

français