Areas of Work

The Animal Production and Health section supports Member States in the use of atomic, nuclear and nuclear related technologies to optimize animal feed resource utilization whilst protecting the environment, and improve livestock reproduction and breeding. It also develops and transfers molecular and immunological methods for the diagnosis and control of transboundary animal and zoonotic diseases. Read More

The Food and Environmental Protection section focuses on food irradiation, authenticity and traceability, the analysis and control of chemical contaminants, and nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness, response and management. Read More

The Insect Pest Control section develops and transfers environmentallyfriendly methods for the integrated area-wide control of key insect pests, such as fruit flies and moths, as well as disease-transmitting tsetse flies and mosquitoes. It is renowned worldwide for its work on the sterile insect technique (SIT). Read More

The Plant Breeding and Genetics section focuses on mutation breeding to increase the diversity of desired traits for crop production and hence to accelerate the breeding of varieties with higher yield and improved quality, yield stability and greater resistance/tolerance to environmental stresses such as disease, drought and salinity. Read More

The Soil and Water Management & Crop Nutrition section uses isotopic and radiation methods to measure and monitor the interaction between soil, water and nutrients in cropping systems as a basis for developing strategies that ensure the efficient use of water and nutrients. This is to ensure sustainable land use and land management that minimizes the environmental impact of agriculture. Read More