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Sticky Cotton: Causes, Effects, and Prevention

by E. Hequet, T.J. Henneberry, and R.L. Nichols

Sticky cotton is a worldwide problem increasing as cotton processing machinery becomes more refined, because high-speed, large-volume processing of lint requires cleaner cotton. Honeydew, the sugar-containing excretions of certain insects, is the most frequent cause of sticky cotton. The papers in this collection discuss the effects of sticky cotton on the industry; identify sources of contaminants; describe the major insect pests and their biology, population development, and interactions with the cotton plant; and discuss prevention strategies and techniques. Black and white, 210 pages.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Technical Bulletin 1915

June 2007

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