ICRA Sponsorship for WCRC-6 in Brazil
Oct 19, 2015
The World Cotton Research Conference-6 will be held in Goiania, Brazil from May 2-6, 2016. ICRA is sponsoring 36 researchers from various countries to attend the WCRC-6 with US$40,000. Sponsorship was open to researchers from around the world. The last date to apply was November 15, 2015. Four types of sponsorships were available. Air ticket...
New ICGI co-chairs have been elected
Apr 23, 2015
International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI) has completed 2015 election process, and as a result, six new co-chairs for overall chairing and ICGI work groups have been elected for 2017-2019 terms: ICGI Overall – Dr. John Yu (USA) Breeding and Applied Genomics – Dr. Jodi Scheffler (USA) Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics – Dr. Ibrokhim Abdur...
Cotton Research enters to a period of “golden” opportunities
Apr 23, 2015
With the recent completion of draft sequencing of diploid cotton Gossypium raimondii and G. arboreum genomes published in Nature Genetics, and the first "gold-standard" version of G. raimondii genome published in Nature, cotton research community enjoyed the pick of many seminal research results that have provided a glorious opportunity to study or...
World Cotton Germplasm Resources - new book has been published
Jul 2, 2014
New open access book of Intech entitled "World Cotton Germplasm Resources" (ISBN 978-953-51-1622-6) has just been published online. Book has compiled 11 peer-reviewed chapters from several leading cotton growing countries including Australia, China, India, Pakistan, United States of America, and Uzbekistan. It provided updated information on the...
Sharing research outputs through a specific journal
Jun 9, 2014
Journal of Cotton Sciences There are many possible journals for agricultural science publications. One specific cotton publication is the Journal of Cotton Science. http://www.cotton.org/journal/index.cfm. “The multidisciplinary, refereed journal contains articles that improve our understanding of cotton science. Publications may be compilatio...
ICAC Cotton Researcher of the Year 2014
Jun 9, 2014
The International Cotton Advisory Committee started recognizing a cotton researcher in 2009. Dr. Greg Constable of CSIRO, Australia is the winner of the ICAC Researcher of the Year - 2015 award. He is also current Chairman of the International Coton Researchers Association (ICRA). Dr. Constable is an eminent leader in the international cott...
Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide benefits cotton growth and yield
May 13, 2014
Climate change is real and will affect cotton growth and yield. Climate change is occurring because of increased greenhouse gases, mainly CO2, in the atmosphere causing global warming and related changes in various weather phenomena. Increasing CO2 levels should be beneficial to plant growth and yield because increasing ambient CO2 would enhance ph...
Novel findings and strategies for fiber biotechnology
May 8, 2014
A negative correlation between fiber quality traits and the key agronomic characteristics such as yield and maturity makes it a challenging task to improve cotton fiber quality traits using conventional breeding.The improvement of key characteristics of fiber quality is one of the major objectives of cotton biotechnology worldwide. Several key find...
Future threat to Cotton in Pakistan: Red Cotton Bug and Dusky Cotton Bug
May 3, 2014
Cotton in Pakistan is mainly damaged by number of lepidopteron caterpillars like spotted bollworms, cotton bollworms, pink bollworms, Army worms etc, and mostly cotton growers have limited expertise to manage these worms due to number of reasons like unable to recognize the entire life cycle of insects, non-existence of reliable pest scouting, limi...
HVI Guideline Updated
Apr 4, 2014
The ITMF International Committee on Cotton Testing Methods (ICCTM) approved updates to the Guideline for Standardized Instrument Testing of Cotton during its meeting in Bremen, Germany on March 18, 2014. The Guideline is a joint effort by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) Task Force on Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testi...
Is a modification of the temperature level in cotton testing laboratories suitable?
Apr 4, 2014
Cotton testing has to be done under specific climate conditions, which are given in the according standard practices (as ASTM 1776 or ISO 139). Particularly in countries with tropical conditions, it is very difficult and energy-intensive to maintain the required temperature level of 21°C, although temperature shows, compared to the influence of the...
Climate change from global warming will affect cotton production
Mar 14, 2014
There has been much concern worldwide about climate change resulting from global warming and the possible effects on agriculture and human food supply. Most of the global climate change scenarios include change in the amount and pattern of precipitation, more restricted water availability, more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events includ...
The Chinese policy challenge of making farming and cotton growing economically more attractive
Nov 26, 2013
For emerging countries, and to a lesser extent for developing countries, the economic transition is attracting farmers out of agriculture. Farming population is reducing, following the trend that developed countries has known and where farming populations represent a few per cents of total labour. Although farming populations in emerging and devel...
Nov 25, 2013
After an absence of many years, several occurrences of seeding diseases have been observed in South Africa. During prelimanary investigations it came to light that low soil and air temperatures during planting might have been part of the problem.
ICAC Cotton Researcher of the Year 2013
Apr 20, 2013
The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is inviting applications for the “ICAC Cotton Researcher of the Year 2013." The closing date for receipt of applications is March 31, 2013. All information about the program is available at http://icac.org/technical-information/researcher-of- the-year. Applications should only be sent to the follo...