Vol. 10 No. 2
Radiation technology in agriculture
Author(s): S. F. D Souza
Abstract: Radiations and radioisotopes are used in agricultural research to induce genetic variability in crop plants to develop improved varieties, to manage insect pests, monitor fate and persistence of pesticides, to study fertilizer use efficiency and plant micronutrient uptake and also to preserve agricultural produce. Use of radiation and radioisotopes in agriculture is one of the most important fields of peaceful applications of atomic energy for societal benefit and BARC has contributed significantly in this area especially in the development of new mutant crop varieties and food irradiation for enhancing food safety, reduce post harvest losses, enhance shelf life and as a quarantine measure for enabling international trade in food and agricultural commodities.....
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