Journal of
Entomology and Nematology

  • Abbreviation: J. Entomol. Nematol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9855
  • DOI: 10.5897/JEN
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 135

Full Length Research Paper

Phytosanitary irradiation in South Asia

M. Aftab Hossain1, J. Guy Hallman2*, A. Shakil Khan1 and M. Saidul Islam1
  1Insect Biotechnology Division, Institute of Food and Radiation Biology, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Savar, Dhaka 1349, Bangladesh. 2USDA-ARS, 2413 E. Highway 83, Weslaco, TX 78596, USA.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 23 December 2010
  •  Published: 31 March 2011



Irradiation has the potential to solve phytosanitary problems related to trade in South Asia. In general, it is the phytosanitary treatment most tolerated by fresh agricultural commodities. Irradiation technology is available in some countries of the region but is only used for phytosanitary purposes for mangoes in India exported to the United States of America since 2007. In this review, we analyze the literature on phytosanitary irradiation, present the protocol for exporting irradiated Indian mangoes, suggest possibilities for the technology in South Asia and discuss further research needs.


Key words: Radiation disinfestation, quarantine treatment, commodity quality, mango export.