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144- “Controlling spectrobates ceratoniae through gamma rays by Iranian nuclear researchers”

Researchers at Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI) succeeded in preventing spectrobates ceratoniae with gamma rays. As the project is being implemented, the researchers are trying to use electrons instead of gamma rays and evaluate their effect on controlling the spectrobates ceratoniae.
So far, the chemical methods have been used to destroy the spectrobates ceratoniae but since the pesticides do not penetrate it due to its structure, the pest is not controlled and about 30 percent of pomegranate orchards are affected by it annually so the orchardists burn their crops to prevent contamination. In this regard, the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad has used biological methods to combat this pest through gamma-ray irradiation and sterilization.

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