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NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY BEING USED TO STERILIZE PESTS


Nuclear Technology Being Used to Sterilize Pests

Scientists have found a novel use for nuclear technology that may help improve crop yields while reducing our reliance on pesticides:insect sterilization. When sterile male insects are released into the wild, they compete with wild males for females and reduce the next generation’s population as a result. In regions where it has been deployed, the Sterile Insect Technology, which utilizes radioactive cobalt-60 to sterilize a variety of species, has had promising results. For example, in Croatia’s Neretva river delta, farmers saw a 75 percent drop in damage to their citrus crops after millions of sterilized male fruit flieswere released there. More… Discuss