MANGALURU: Mangalore University has signed a research agreement with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna for research agreement in the field of radioecology . Under this agreement, The Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Radioactivity (CARER) of Mangalore University will be conducting joint research with IAEA on "Monitoring and predicting radionuclide uptake and dynamics in tropical monsoonal climate".
In recognition of world-class/state of the art facility available at CARER and in view of the many advanced studies carried out by CARER on radioecology and radiation protection, IAEA has chosen it for this collaborative research agreement. This is important recognition to university in the area of radiation protection research by world's foremost international organization which protects peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Under this research agreement, a team of scientists headed by Karunakara Naregundi, co-ordinator, CARER will conduct the study on above topic. CARER has been engaged in detailed studies on different aspects of radioecology in environs of West Coast of India, Kaiga and Goa regions for last 25 years. Recently, the Centre has completed detailed studies on baseline levels of radioactivity in Gogi and Challekere regions of Karnataka.
University set up CARER as a national facility through financial support from Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, department of atomic energy with scientific and technical support from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre . This is an advanced laboratory/centre for radioecological and radiation protection research in the country with collaborations with many advanced laboratories of the world, A M Khan, registrar, stated.