MARIA PRICAZ#, ALEXANDRA-CRISTINA UTA
Faculty of Physics, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, 11, Carol I blvd, Iași 700506, Romania
Recently published studies on the benefic applications of gamma radiation upon the environmental components, either natural or artificial ones were summarized and discussed. Gamma irradiation is highly effective for inactivating or killing the microorganisms from various foods for microbiological safety ensuring, representing a properly method for sterilization; also radiation can induce chemical transformation of molecular compounds identified as most common pollutants of environment. This review is focused on the main beneficial applications of gamma radiation such as bioburden reduction, package medical materials, sterilization of pharmaceuticals and decomposing of toxic molecular substances from wastewater. Furthermore, administrative aspects related to risks and benefits of gamma irradiation were underlined.
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