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...