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The Cotton Structure and Quality Research Unit increases the value and global competitiveness of U.S. cotton by enabling new technologies and methods for accurately assessing the quality of cotton fiber at various processing stages from field to fabric (or “from dirt to shirt”). Specific research areas include development of new rapid and accurate methods to assess cotton fiber quality; development of economical, accurate and real-time methods to assess product quality and process efficiencies in pre-mill operations (prior to textile manufacturing); demonstration of new methods to detect, quantify and remove undesirable non-lint materials such as various sugars, seed coat fragments, non-leaf plant trash, etc. from cotton; determination of the impact of fiber quality and fiber processing practices on yarn and fabric quality and processing efficiencies; and determination of the expected impact of new germplasms, agronomic practices, and ginning practices upon fiber quality, textile processing efficiency, and final product quality.

The Cotton Structure and Quality Research is located in New Orleans, LA and is part of the Southeast Area.
The Acting Research Leader is Michael Dowd.
Phone: (504)286-4407
Fax: 504-286-4217
P.O. BOX 19687
New Orleans, LA 70124-4305