Sizes of Chemically Induced Cotton Fiber Fragments and Relationships to Fiber Properties

T.P. Hensarling, J.J. Hebert, L.Y. Yatsu, E.K. Boylston, J.P. Evans, and D.P. Thibodeaux


Acetic/nitric reagent (90% acetic acid, 10% nitric acid) has been used in the purification and semimicro determination of cellulose (Updegraff, Anal. Biochem. 32:425, 1969). We have found that acetic/nitric reagent-treated cotton fibers yield distinct fiber segments with relatively uniform minimum segment lengths. Segments from cottons of varying length, strength, elongation, fineness and maturity were examined by a light microscope linked to an electronic image analyzer. Similarities and differences in relationships of these characteristics to segment length are reported and the possibility of repeating unit length is presented.

Reprinted from 1990 Proceedings: Beltwide Cotton Production Research Conferences pg. 81
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