The Nuclear Techniques Division leads the way in spreading the use of nuclear techniques in food, agriculture and husbandry fields in our country through the research development projects. The activities of the Food Unit covers the use of food irradiation to produce reliable and high quality foods for consumers and detection of irradiated foods by using international identification standards in market. It is aimed to spread the use of isotopic measurement techniques (IRMS or ICP-MS; C13/C12, O18/O16 etc.) for food authentication, traceability and fraud detection in national market. The Agriculture Unit applies stable isotopes and radioisotopes techniques in plant breeding, agricultural irrigation, soil and plant nutrition area for the effective use of water and fertilizers. New superior plant varieties with high yield and nutrient capacity and especially resistant to drought and salinity to changing environmental conditions are improved by mutation breeding methods. Determination of resistance or tolerance of mutants against to disease/insects is important in mutation breeding studies. The main aim of the research carried out in the Animal Husbandry Unit is to increase the productivity and quality of the production from livestock animals by using nuclear, biological and gene technologies. Research development projects are carried out to diagnose and prevent major animal diseases. Vaccines for animal diseases are developed.
The Nuclear Techniques Division carries out research development projects in three units: Agriculture Unit, Food Unit and Animal Husbandry Unit.
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