Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/31/1997
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: In recent years there has been a rapid expansion of information and molecular tools related to the development of cotton fibers. Molecular markers have been identified, genes have been identified, hormones and enzymes that control development have been identified, and the properties of the cellulose biopolymer have been described. All of these findings have revealed the complexity of cotton fiber development and improve our understanding of what contributes to the physical properties and textile performance of the cotton fiber. This information and these tools are rapidly evolving and are providing researchers with the ability to determine specific changes in development and cellulose composition of the individual cotton fibers. These determinations can complement and augment composite measurements such as bundle fiber strength to guide researchers in making rapid and precise genetic changes in producing cotton fibers with hthe desired properties.