Scientists develop integrated cropping systems suited to the Atlantic Region with a focus on the potato crop. Many of the cropping systems studied include cereals, oilseeds, pulses and forages as part of a rotation involving horticultural crops. Disease, insect and weed pressure are studied for their impacts on horticulture crops.
Developing effective pest management strategies to decrease losses and increase environmental sustainability of potato and vegetable production, including economically important pests such as wireworms and corn borer.
Developed the NELT™ trap (Noronha Elaterid Light Trap) for reducing wireworm populations by selectively trapping click beetles – the adult form of wireworms.
Conducting organic cropping system research on certified organic research land that includes reduced tillage and direct seeding practices and alternate weed control methods.
- Evaluating hops and malting barley varieties and the optimal agronomic practices required for producers to supply the craft brewing industry in the region.