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Cobalt-60 gamma-ray irradiator: Opens new doors to biological research at Davis

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R. J. Romani, University of California
E. C. Maxie, University of California
C. O. Hesse, University of California
N. F. Sommer, University of California

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California Agriculture 16(3):2-4.

Published March 01, 1962

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The new Cobalt-60 gamma-ray irradiator, recently installed at the Davis campus, is designed specifically for biological research. The first application of the new facility involves a study of possibilities for extending the storage life of fruits by irradiation. The irradiator has also been used in studies of genetic mutations and breeding programs for agricultural products. Desirable features for research include a large, uniform radiation field, temperature control, atmospheric modification, and safety of operation. Ten feet of de-ionized water in this pool-type unit maintains a constant radiation barrier against the 32,500 curies of Cobalt-60. The unit is one of the largest of its type in existence.

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AEC design personnel: B. Manowetz, O. Kuhl, A. Oltmann.

Research on irradiation of fruits is being supported by the Division of Isotopes Development and Division of Biology and Medicine of the Atomic Energy Commission.

Cobalt-60 gamma-ray irradiator: Opens new doors to biological research at Davis

R. J. Romani, E. C. Maxie, C. O. Hesse, N. F. Sommer
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Cobalt-60 gamma-ray irradiator: Opens new doors to biological research at Davis

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Authors

R. J. Romani, University of California
E. C. Maxie, University of California
C. O. Hesse, University of California
N. F. Sommer, University of California

Publication Information

California Agriculture 16(3):2-4.

Published March 01, 1962

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Author Affiliations show

Abstract

The new Cobalt-60 gamma-ray irradiator, recently installed at the Davis campus, is designed specifically for biological research. The first application of the new facility involves a study of possibilities for extending the storage life of fruits by irradiation. The irradiator has also been used in studies of genetic mutations and breeding programs for agricultural products. Desirable features for research include a large, uniform radiation field, temperature control, atmospheric modification, and safety of operation. Ten feet of de-ionized water in this pool-type unit maintains a constant radiation barrier against the 32,500 curies of Cobalt-60. The unit is one of the largest of its type in existence.

Full text

Full text is available in PDF.

Author notes

AEC design personnel: B. Manowetz, O. Kuhl, A. Oltmann.

Research on irradiation of fruits is being supported by the Division of Isotopes Development and Division of Biology and Medicine of the Atomic Energy Commission.


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