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Scientists Study Atoms in Soil to Find Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Scientists Study Atoms in Soil to Find Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Balancing how fertilizer, water and soil are used with agricultural crops has proven useful for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) that drive climate change and global warming. But striking an optimal balance requires understanding how these factors are influenced by different soil and environmental conditions as well as farm management practices. To help chart out ways to do that, scientists are using isotopic techniques to develop scientifically-based guidance that helps countries reduce and mitigate GHG emissions. Read More »

IAEA Impact: How a Nuclear Technique Helped Save the Western Cape’s Orange Industry

IAEA Impact: How a Nuclear Technique Helped Save the Western Cape’s Orange Industry. The sterile insect technique successfully applied to control false codling moth, substantially reducing damage and allowing effective control without the use of insecticides. Read More »

Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland Win Award for the Sterile Insect Technique

Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland Win Award for the Sterile Insect Technique. The technique has been heralded as “the only truly original innovation in insect control in [the 20th] century”. The two demonstrated that they could inflict mass sterilization of insects through irradiation —one of the first peaceful uses of nuclear radiation.
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Protect the Land, Protect Our Future: IAEA Marks World Day to Combat Desertification

Protect the Land, Protect Our Future: IAEA Marks World Day to Combat Desertification. As fertile soils become increasingly barren and transform into deserts, water becomes scarce and food crops suffer, driving farmers from their land. But nuclear science and technology offer ways to fight desertification. For World Day to Combat Desertification, the IAEA takes a closer look at how countries are managing this global challenge.
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Resources

  • 2 – 3 July 2016

    Workshop to Standardize Sampling and Bioassay Methods for Assessing Field Performance of Sterile Male Lepidoptera, Durban, South Africa.
    Technical Officer: M. Vreysen

  • 11 – 15 July 2016

    FAO/IAEA First Coordination Meeting of Regional Project Enhancing Capacity for Detection, Surveillance and Suppression of Exotic and Established Fruit Fly Species through Integration of Sterile Insect Technique with Other Suppression Methods (under Regional TC Project RAF5074), Maputo, Mozambique.
    Technical Officer: R. Cardoso Pereira

  • Mutant Varieties Database (MVD)

    The FAO/IAEA Mutant Variety Database or MVD provides information on induced mutations suitable for breeding programme and genetic analysis. View database →

  • The International Database on Insect Disinfestation and Sterilization (IDIDAS)

    Joint service of the IAEA and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). An interactive resource providing information on a species basis for both disinfestation and sterilization of arthropods, with dosage levels and conditions, efficacy and references. View database →