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Nuclear Science for Food Security

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  • The Rice is Right, In Zanzibar farmers are growing a new variety of rice that was created using nuclear technology. The rice variety has a higher yield than other varieties and is proving to be really popular in the tropical island, 10 July 2014 [.mp3]
  • Ask the Experts: Irradiation for Preservation, Alongside traditional methods of preservation and processing, the technology of food irradiation is gaining attention around the world. Food irradiation can prevent food spoilage and slow down ripening in fruits and vegetables, 21 February 2014 [.mp3]
  • Halting the Spread of UG99, UG99 is a deadly disease affecting wheat and is spreading rapidly throughout the world. The IAEA is releasing resistant wheat varieties as well as providing training in mutation techniques to countries for combating its spread, 31 January 2014 [.mp3]
  • Stemrust Disease, One deadly nemesis, wheat black stem rust, or Puccinia graminis, has been capable of spreading across continents and destroying wheat crops in its path, 7 December 2009 [.mp3]
  • How Nuclear Techniques Can Improve Crop Varieties, Interview with Hans Forsström, Director, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, 24 April 2008 [.mp3]
  • Combatting Wheat Rust, A new strain of wheat rust - known as Ug99 - is decimating wheat fields worldwide, 5 May 2009 [.mp3]
  • Nuclear Science in Food Security, The IAEA is calling for increased investment in a plant breeding technique that could pull millions of people out of the hunger and poverty trap, 8 December 2008 [.mp3]
  • Screw Worm Fly in Yemen, Outbreak of the insidious "screw worm" fly in Yemen, 30 April 2008 [.mp3]

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