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Cotton research: Catching them young!
A group of 84 students accompanied by a handful of teachers, visited the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at Lubbock-based Texas Tech University to know more about cotton. The 8th grade students belong to Terra Vista Middle School, Frenship ISD in Lubbock.
Octopus-inspired camouflage material
Biomimetic approaches can help with the development of sophisticated high performance textiles. A team of researchers from Ithaca, NY-based Cornell University and Woods Hole, MA-based Marine Biological Laboratory have borrowed inspiration from cephalopods such as octopus in devising camouflage materials.
Cotton market to witness pressure
Cotton market will show signs of pressure, for at least a short timeframe. Looks like, there is going to be lot of cotton world over. Addressing the 95th Annual General Meeting of Mumbai-based Cotton Association of India, Nayan Mirani stated recently, “cotton prices are likely to witness a depressing trend.”
Novel functional cotton
Incorporation of biological molecules to cotton may lead to novel functional cottons. Finding value-added applications for cotton, enabling it to be wearable smart textiles will be the next phase of R& D in the cotton sector.
Applied DNA system for US gin
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc has announced that one of their ginning partners, the Woolam Gin in O’Donnell, Texas, was awarded the Global Organic Textile Standard (“GOTS v5.0”) certification, making it the first certified US organic cotton gin utilising Applied DNA’s molecular tagging system, etc.
High Plains of Texas expect bigger cotton crop
Harvey has come and gone and the impact Irma will have on cotton is yet to be seen. Having caused havoc in the Caribbean, category-4 hurricane Irma after slamming Florida coast according to forecasts, may move upward to South Carolina and Georgia. What influence it will have on cotton in the southern cotton growing regions like Georgia is not clear.
Bumper cotton crop in Texas?
All eyes were on Texas recently, when hurricane Harvey hit South East Texas. Major industrial sectors in Texas such as cotton, oil refinery and transportation have been hard hit by the natural disaster.
Largest cotton crop in 11 years in US
The Texas Farm Bureau estimates the cotton crop in the US could be the largest in 11 years, citing a report from the US Department of Agriculture.