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Title: QUICK SUMMARY OF THE LATEST MOISTURE RESTORATION AT THE GIN STUDY AND A MICROBIAL CHECK STUDY ON THE POPULATION DENSITIES ON "DISCOLORED" AND "CLEAN" COTTON

Author
item Chun, David
item MCALISTER, DAVID

Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/5/2005
Publication Date: 6/1/2005
Citation: Chun, D.T., McAlister, D. 2005. Quick summary of the latest moisture restoration at the gin study and a microbial check study on the population densities on "discolored" and "clean" cotton. National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference. p. 2373-2379.

Interpretive Summary: As part of an ongoing investigation, a corroborative study was done to follow fiber quality, moisture content and microbial population of cotton bales that had been augmented with moderate amounts of moisture for target moisture contents of 5.1% (control untreated cotton), 6.5, 7.0, 75, 8.0, and 8.5% (0, 8, 10, 12, and 14 pounds of water added, respectively). Only the microbial population densities associated with the bales will be reported. In another study, cottons samples containing discoloration spots or smears were compared to areas free from discoloration. The microbial population densities associated with the discolored and the discoloration-free areas will be reported. The discolored-free areas contained a significantly lower microbial population density than the discolored areas of lint.

Technical Abstract: As part of an ongoing investigation, a corroborative study was done to follow fiber quality, moisture content and microbial population of cotton bales that had been augmented with moderate amounts of moisture for target moisture contents of 5.1% (control untreated cotton), 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, and 8.5% (0, 8, 10, 12 and 14 pounds of water added, respectively). The microbial population densities associated with the bales will be reported. In another study, cotton samples containing discoloration spots or smears were compared to areas free from discoloration. The microbial population densities associated with the discolored and the discoloration-free areas will be reported.