Broadcast Newsline: March 16, 2007

Testing for removing cotton stickiness caused by insects.

This week’s Cotton Newsline is 3 cuts.  All cuts are Paul Funk, Agricultural Engineer at the Southwest Ginning Laboratory in Mesilla Park, New Mexico.

Suggested introduction cut 1:
The cotton industry has been concerned about stickiness in cotton for a long time. But it hasn’t been a problem recently due to the effective production practices used today.  Paul Funk, an Agricultural Engineer at the Southwest Ginning Laboratory, is currently testing a new product which metabolizes insect sugars.  Funk says they want to make sure it does not adversely affect the fiber quality.

Suggested introduction cut 2:
According to Funk this product, Lalsil (pronounced lah-sil), produces bacteria which can eat sugar in the absence of water.

Suggested introduction cut 3:
Funk says they did not have enough sticky cotton for large replicated trials so the results are limited but he is looking to continue the trial.

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