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IAEA study says finding is important step in disease control The IAEA study tested the use of a drone to release sterile mosquitoes as part of the sterile insect iechnique. The use of drones can significantly increase effectiveness and reduce costs in the application of a nuclear technique to suppress disease-carrying mosquitoes, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency study.

The agency said the finding marks an important step forward towards the large-scale deployment of this method to control the vectors of dengue, yellow fever and Zika.

The study, published in the journal Science Robotics, tested the use of a drone to release sterile mosquitoes as part of the sterile insect iechnique (SIT) – a form of insect birth control that has been used successfully for decades to fight agricultural pests such as the Mediterranean fruit fly and tsetse flies. Scientists have been working in recent years to develop the method also for mosquitoes.

The SIT uses radiation to sterilise mass-reared male insects, which are then released to mate with wild females. As these do not produce any offspring, the insect population declines over time.

Date: Saturday, 20 June 2020
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A nuclear technique has successfully reduced the tsetse fly population in Senegal without harming other insects, an eight-year study has found. The study was supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), together with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation. The sterile insect technique (SIT) is an insect birth control method that uses radiation to sterilise male flies.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
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Nuclear energy is a mature and proven low-carbon source of electricity, with a 60-year track record of providing reliable and safe operation. Further innovation and technological development will enable even wider applications aimed at deep decarbonisation of economies around the world and supporting sustainable development. This was the message of King Lee, director of the Harmony Programme at World Nuclear Association, to delegates at the UN side event for Sustainable Development Goal 9, held today at COP25 in Madrid.

Date: Wednesday, 04 December 2019
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Thanks to receipt of additional funding, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Flexible Modular Laboratory (FML), currently under construction, remains on track to be completed by the end of 2018. It will comprise three laboratories dealing with animal production and health, food safety, soil and water management and crop nutrition.

Date: Wednesday, 04 October 2017
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has begun building a new laboratory that will enable it to help countries to use nuclear techniques to control insect pests, including mosquitoes. The construction is part of the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories project (ReNuAL), which aims to upgrade the eight IAEA Nuclear Sciences and Applications laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, which began operating in 1962. “ReNuAL is one of the most important projects in the Agency’s 60-year history,” said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. “The laboratories are unique within the United Nations system in providing member states with direct access to scientific training, technology and analytical services. More than 150 of our member states benefit from them.” He added that modernisation will significantly increase the Agency’s ability assist members.

Date: Thursday, 22 September 2016
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Birds living near the site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident have, on average, five percent smaller brains, according to research led by a University of South Carolina scientist.

Background contamination levels (Ci/km2) in the Chernobyl region and location of bird study sites

Date: Monday, 14 February 2011
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