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Nuclear technology increases rice crop yields

There has been a wealth of studies examining the impact climate change can play in reducing the yield of rice crops. Whether it be less rain or a shortened growing season, many are concerned about the future of rice production. And this could have a negative impact on the health and economies of the developing world. But nuclear technology could offer a solution. In Indonesia, scientists at the country’s National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) have developed 22 rice varieties using irradiation to generate new and useful traits in crops. The process is known as mutation breeding. As the International Atomic […]

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