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Sustainable oil absorbent gets recognition
Biodegradable oil absorbent mats in India have received recognition by the Indian Coast Guard. Chennai-based WellGro Tech has recently developed highly biodegradable oil absorbent pads and mats for oil spill remediation.
Scaled-up wearable smart textiles
Scaled-up process enables the production of knitted wearable textiles. A different approach has been adopted by researchers at the Institute for Frontier Materials at Geelong, Australia-based Deakin University to produce strain sensing smart textiles.
A few disadvantages so far, regarding wearable textiles are scalability for mass production, acceptable cost, durability and washability.
Pink bollworm hits cotton crop in India
Pink bollworm infestation is influencing the cotton production in India, this year (October 2017-September 2018). Since the December 2017 estimate, cotton production has been revised downwards due to crop damage in some major cotton growing States.
2 honours for Seshadri Ramkumar
Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor in the Texas Tech University Department of Environmental Toxicology and lead investigator in the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory, has recently been awarded two of the most prestigious honours in the textiles field: a fellowship with The Textile Institute in the United Kingdom and the 2017-18 Professor W B Achwal Oration from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.
India’s cotton crop put at 37.5 mn bales
India expected to produce about 37.5 million bales (170 kg each) of cotton amidst the pink bollworm infestation situation in major cotton growing regions.
India to build its textiles sector
As textiles are a major export commodity from India, its textile industry needs adequate resources such as skilled and trained manpower, financial capital for both current capital and long-term infrastructure improvements, research and development, promotion and marketing efforts.
Optimism on Texas cotton crop
Cotton crop from Texas will be good, this year. With Christmas on the horizon, harvest in the High Plains of Texas is nearly completed with about 85-90 per cent of crop harvested.
Supercapacitor fibres developed
Supercapacitor fibres that can serve as power source for wearable technologies has been recently developed. A team of scientists from Deakin University, Australia has spun 2-dimensional “MXene,” into fibrous strands, which can be a power source for electronic gadgets.
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