With challenges caused by local insect pests formerly controlled by chemical control, as well as new invasive pests at our doors, there is a need to improve our integrated pest management by developing both physical and biological control.
To achieve this, my program focuses on the development of new physical control methods such as the use of vibrations to negatively impact pests and improve pest control processes using animal behaviour.
I also have a broad interest in animal behaviour and the underlying processes affecting them. This includes identifying potential weak points in these processes to improve efficiency, such as training and behavioural manipulations of parasitoid wasps and ease pest location.
Current research and/or projects
Exploring the pest disrupting potential of vibrations in greenhouse crops
Screening of Invasive Alien Species using metabarcoding
Implementing a living laboratory in Québec – Lake St-Pierre region
Studying the use of Trichogramma wasps as biological control against agricultural pests such as the Oriental fruit moth
Developing sustainable apple pest management using degree-day models and insect trapping
Research and/or project statements
Innovative technological uses such as vibration for insect disturbance strategies
Reduction of insect pest populations using biological control agents such as parasitoid wasps
Behavioural manipulation to increase biological control agents efficiency and reduce pest nuisance
Impact of temperature on biological control agent efficiency (aphid parasitoid)
Education and awards
Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Université de Montréal, 2016
M.Sc. Animal Sciences, Université Laval, 2012
B.Sc. Biology, Université Laval, 2006
International experience and/or work
Collaboration in 2014 with Prof. Takasu from Kyushu University on time perception and learning of parasitoid wasps.
N. Demers, P.K. Abram, J.-P. Parent (2021). Puceron-limace, l’effet perturbateur des vibrations sur la production de juvéniles du puceron vert du pêcher Myzus persicae. 148 ième Réunion annuelle de la Société d’entomologie du Québec, November 25-26, 2021 (Virtual poster presentation).2021 - View publication details
J.-P. Parent, P.K. Abram (2021). Les vibrations sont-elles suffisantes pour déloger des pucerons installés confortablement? 148 ième Réunion annuelle de la Société d’entomologie du Québec, November 25-26, 2021 (Virtual oral presentation).2021 - View publication details
N. Demers, P.K. Abram, and J.-P. Parent (2021). Slug-like aphids, the disruptive effect of vibrations on the offspring of the green peach aphid Myzus persicae. 2021 Entomological Society of Canada and Entomological Society of Ontario's Joint Annual Meeting, November 15-18, 2021 (Virtual poster presentation).2021 - View publication details
J.-P. Parent, P.K. Abram (2021). Are cozy aphids less likely to be disrupted by substrate-borne vibrations? 2021 Entomological Society of Canada and Entomological Society of Ontario's Joint Annual Meeting, November 15-18, 2021 (Virtual oral presentation).2021 - View publication details
Otani, J., Weiss, R., Trudel, S., Giffen, D., Turkington, T.K., Svendsen, E., Parent, JP., Mylnarek, J., Olfert, O., Vankosky, M. 2019. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update e-Bulletin May 30, 2019 edition. 2019 (8): 1-25. https://bit.ly/2pkYUFY2019 - View publication details
Laprise, M., Renkema, J. & Parent J.-P. 2019. I spy Hemipterans: Assessing the biodiversity of insects in Niagara vineyards. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Niagara, ON, Canada. 20-21 February 2019.2019 - View publication details
Parent, J.-P., Brodeur, J., Robert, F.-A., Boivin, G. 2017. Factors influencing walking speed in insects: not just a matter of size and age. ESC, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. 22-25 November.2017 - View publication details
Parent, J.-P., Brodeur, J., Boivin, G. 2018. Increasing host patch exploitatino efficiency of parasitoids using temperature change. IOBC, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. 4-8 June 2017.2017 - View publication details
Le suivi automatique du comportement animal: l’éthologie dans l’ère du “big data”.2017 - View publication details
Parent, J.-P., Brodeur, J. Boivin, G. 2016. Impact of travel temperature on perceived durations for a parasitoid. IEIC, Kyoto, Japan. 16-20 October.2016 - View publication details
Abram, P.K., Parent, J.P., Brodeur, J., Boivin, G. (2016). Size-induced phenotypic reaction norms in a parasitoid wasp: An examination of life-history and behavioural traits. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, [online] 117(3), 620-632. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bij.126582016 - View publication details