The application of nuclear technology has made it possible to eradicate the Mediterranean fruit fly, one of the most devastating insect pests for agricultural products, from the Mexican state of Colima. This was reported in a statement by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which, based in Vienna, cooperated, together with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the Mexican authorities to combat the insect.
invasive "After receiving a request for emergency assistance in April 2021, the IAEA and FAO acted immediately, sending expert missions to help establish and evaluate eradication actions," the note explains. The applied nuclear method, known as the "sterile insect technique" (SIT), uses irradiation to sterilize insects, which leads to a decrease in the population of the pest and, finally, to its eradication, he recalls. The Colima outbreak was detected in April 2021 in the port of Manzanillo and put crops of carambolas, figs, guavas, mangoes, papayas, pink grapefruit and oranges at “immediate risk”. The situation required ...
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