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A COTTON OF CRISIS
All is not well on the cotton front! Fall in production and acreage, and wild fluctuations in the prices beginning late last year have dampened the spirit of the industry. On the farm front, ravages of bollworm have added to the woes of the suppliers.
Cotton & TPP-11 Agreement
Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, popularly known as TPP-11 came into force in seven countries out of 11 participating countries.
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.
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.
Recipe to boost cotton sector
Maintaining the market share, enhancing consumer awareness and continuous investments in R and D are needed to advance the cotton sector. Steve Verett, Executive Vice President of Lubbock, TX-based Plains Cotton Growers, etc.
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.
Future fibres hub in Australia
Australian government’s research council has supported the creation of Aus$13.2 million hub with the support from Deakin University and industry partners. The center is part of the Institute of Frontier Materials at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia. The hub will enable Australia to be a leader in fibre research and development and will also support Geelong to be a hub for future advanced fibre manufacturing.
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