Egypt aims to increase wheat yield by 33% thanks to nuclear energy

CAIRO – August 23, 2022: Egypt’s Atomic Energy Organization recently succeeded in expanding the peaceful use of nuclear energy in various fields, sending a clear message to the world about the country’s willingness to comply with International Atomic Energy Agency standards.

The Atomic Energy Administration’s Nuclear Research Center has succeeded in discovering a new mutation of wheat developed within the center, which has increased the yield of wheat by up to 33% compared to the traditional domestic crop.

This is a proposal for Egypt’s efforts to take advantage of this technology to serve society and achieve security, and to expand the peaceful use of atomic energy in the fields of medicine, agriculture, health and industry.

The Atomic Energy Authority has been working on a strategic project since 2002, and the scientific plan was to create new agricultural booms in Egypt to combat climate change.

Mutation breeding is the fastest way to combat the problem of a narrow genetic base of plants, which countries all over the world suffer from, and therefore many countries are trying to obtain such selective genetic assets.

The most important feature of these mutations of the wheat produced by the institution is that it has a diverse genetic base, which contributes to its ability to withstand diseases and adverse environmental conditions, while increasing productivity per unit area by 33%. are available commercial varieties and are completely safe from food safety point of view.

The Atomic Energy Authority is currently in the process of registering them for sale as new items on the Egyptian market, especially since all the tests conducted by the Items Registration Committee are the same tests conducted by the mutation-producing authorities.

It should be noted that the mutation is exposed to a dose of radiation using gamma rays, which are completely safe for human health. They have no side effects and these mutations have been tested and ensured that their quality is superior to that of the traditional product.

Dr. Nashwa Kamal Radvan, a researcher of the National Center for Radiation Research and Technologies in the field of medicine and the head of the radioactive amino tissue project, succeeded in creating a production laboratory with the highest safety and quality levels that meet international standards. the production of amniotic tissue extracted from the placenta at the Atomic Energy Authority, where experimental production is carried out.

The product has proven to be highly effective compared to traditional treatment methods and internationally competitive products. These successes have been confirmed in scientific journals and international conferences. These studies are registered on the official US website to celebrate clinically innovative successes.

Amniotic fluid has been tested as a treatment for facial wrinkles and acne scars, and the results have been impressive. The experimental production of the amino tissue project at the Atomic Energy Agency was successful with all researchers who tested it clinically and expressed their desire to use the product, which costs $700 per patch in America and can be saved in Egypt. the price is only 250 manats.

Gamma irradiation facility services are provided at the center’s locations in Cairo (Nasr City) and Alexandria, and they are the only units in the Arab Republic of Egypt that provide irradiation services such as radiation treatment and preservation of food.

One of the goals is to achieve food security through:

1- Prevention of storage operations to reduce the amount of wastage in onions, garlic and potatoes, which are strategic crops.

2- Eliminate spoilage microbes that damage meat, yeast and fish while maintaining quality.

3- Achieving food safety by eliminating pathogenic bacteria, mycotoxin-secreting fungi, and parasites harmful to human health in food.

5- Increasing exports abroad by getting rid of pests and insects that infect many food products (fresh fruits and vegetables, dates, grains, etc.), facilitating and eliminating plant quarantine requirements during export.

The number of companies applying for this service is about 440, of which 60% are medical supplies and 40% are food products.

The National Center for Radiation Research and Technology in Egypt also produces blood irradiation reagents used in blood irradiation and some of its components for tumor patients.

These reagents are used by sticking to blood bags or plasma or some other component of it during the irradiation process using gamma rays or X-rays to visually check the irradiation process.

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