World Cotton Germplasm Resources - new book has been published
on Jul 2, 2014

Breeding & Genetic improvement Disease control Crop Protection Agronomy & physiology Production Extension Biotechnology

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
on Jun 9, 2014

ICRA-EC

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
on Jun 9, 2014

ICRA-EC

  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
on May 13, 2014

Agronomy & physiology Production Extension

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
on May 8, 2014

Breeding & Genetic improvement Biotechnology

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
on May 3, 2014

Crop Protection

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
on Apr 4, 2014

Measurement classing

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?
on Apr 4, 2014

Measurement classing

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
on Mar 14, 2014

Agronomy & physiology Production Extension

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
on Nov 26, 2013

Crop Protection Economics and policy

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...

Seedling diseases
on Nov 25, 2013

Disease control

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
on Apr 20, 2013

ICRA

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...