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Environment and Food Production

As the world’s population grows, the need for food and other perishable resources is increasing rapidly. Radiation helps us develop plants that produce higher yields, raise healthier animals, eliminate pests without chemicals, and enhance food safety.

In recent years, more than 1,500 new crop varieties have been developed in 40 countries around the globe. Scientists used radiation technology to help them develop 90 percent of those new varieties. In Italy, over half the pasta is made from a wheat variety developed by using radiation techniques. In Africa, sterile insect technique (SIT) was used to control the Tsetse fly that transmits disease in cattle and sleeping sickness in humans. In another country, a new cotton variety resulted in crops nearly twice the size of previous crops.

Sample Career Choices in Environmental Research and Nuclear Technology

In Argentina, like in many parts of the world, water is at risk of over-exploitation and contamination. To protect it, scientists are studying its most invisible details with the help of nuclear technology. Scientists can determine the quantity and quality of water supplies. Using naturally-occurring isotopes as tracers, they study water’s isotopic composition to find out where groundwater comes from, how it travels, if it is recent or old, its recharge rate and whether it is polluted. The science behind this is called isotope hydrology.

 

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There have been many famous scientists and discoverers in nuclear history. Here is a brief history of those who have paved the way.

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