Batan Produces Prime Varieties By Technology Of Radiation Mutation

Senin, 10 Maret 2014 | 09:39

National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) does not only think of how to implement nuclear technology in the country, but also how to use the technology to benefit people.Nuclear technology and radiation mutation can be used to increase production and staple food products in demand such as rice, wheat, and soy.

The agency’s research team tries to carry out research. The result is that Batan can contribute by means of providing quality prime seeds spread in many regions.

Batan’s soy variety attracts farmers since it has high productivity, one of them, Mutiara, has super size of seed.

Djarot S Wisnubroto, Head of Batan, said his agency has now produced at least 20 prime rice seeds by means of radiation mutation technology.

Other varieties are 8 soy varieties, 2 mung bean varieties, 3 varieties of sorgum, 1 wheat variety, and 1 variety of kapok.

“These varieties have been planted by people in various regions, particularly rice and soy varieties,” he said in a release, Saturday (3/8).

Djarot said the latest 2 soy varieties, i.e. Gamasugen 1 and Gamasugen 2 have less than 70 days planting period. It is shorter than the general planting period.

To improve researchers’ knowledge and its result, the agency always organize trainings and seminars, for example international seminar/workshop on cultivation of plant mutation in Pair Batan Building, Jakarta, this week.

The seminar, a cooperation between Center of Isotope Application and Radiation with Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA), bearing the theme of Strengthening Mutation Breeding Approach for Mitigating Climate Change.

There were some member countries attending the event, such as Japan, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Through seminar and workshop, there is a transfer of information and experience among the members, particularly about the development of nuclear science and technology application in radiation mutation and the products.

The seminar also intended to synchronize the thinking frames of researchers, scientists, and experts in improving collaboration in the research and development of plant mutation breeding. (t10)

by Rahmayulis Saleh, Intan Permatasari