Martine Dorais – organic greenhouse production
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Martine Dorais, Ph.D., is recognized around the world for her research on organic greenhouse production. She is a researcher with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada specializing in crop physiology.
Originally from Quebec’s Eastern Townships region, received her Ph.D. from Laval University, Quebec. She later gained additional experience abroad at Wageningen University, in the Netherlands, and at the IRTA, in Barcelona, Spain. It was during her post-doctoral studies in Vancouver that Dr. Dorais aimed at developing a research program on organic farming.
She conducted extensive research on the sustainable production of greenhouse tomatoes, developing cultural practices and quality measurement tools in parallel with the development of an organic production system for greenhouses and tunnels and the use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Dr. Dorais’ vision and expertise in sustainable greenhouse production was recognized by the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences, which awarded her an honorary doctorate.
In 2015, Dr. Dorais returned to British Columbia and took the helm of a berry production research team in Agassiz, while continuing her research on organic horticulture. She also conducts research on the environmental impact of the use of nanoparticles in agriculture.
Le Réseau d'innovation en horticulture durable (RIHoD) vous présente une série de tête à tête avec des chercheurs en horticulture du Québec. La ronde commence avec Dr. Martine Dorais, physiologiste des cultures en serres à Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada.