Start Date: Jun 16, 2009
End Date: Jul 27, 2010
The measurements under consideration include: short fiber content, nep content, fiber maturity, and tri-stimulus color. The value of adding new measurements will be studied by processing large numbers of cotton samples into textile yarns and fabrics. We will establish protocols for handling small cotton samples (approx. 15 kg) so as to obtain results similar to more conventional test of fiber processing efficiency involving larger samples (approx. 150 kg). Better differentiation between effects on fiber quality resulting from the growth environment versus those that are genotypic, concentrating on micronaire. Develop a tool based on near infrared reflectance (NIR) spectroscopy - a tool that could easily be made portable.