Biocot I en II (2007 - 2012)

Innovative Strategies and Assays for Bio-Engineered Cotton Fibres with Improved Processing and End-User Properties

Recent progress in biotechnology offers new possibilities for the selection and development of cotton fibres with improved processing properties and a higher added value. Since more and more genetically engineered cotton varieties are marketed, the importance of being able to perform in-depth analyses on small amounts of fibres increases.
These projects aim at developing new test methods for small amounts of fibres. As most of the current test methods concentrate on the testing of fabrics, it is necessary to investigate new test set ups for small amounts of manipulated fibres.
In the first project, the research concentrated on reactivity and flame retardancy.
A method was developed to distinguish small amounts of transgenic fibres from ordinary cotton varieties for studying the above-mentioned properties.

In the BIOCOT II project, besides reactivity and flame retardancy, the research concentrates on humidity absorption of the fibres. The influence and impact of the different production stages on the genetically engineered cotton will also be studied. To this end, in addition to small scale tests, also correlations with existing tests on a larger scale will be developed (e.g. on fabrics).

Supported by: IWT

Duration: 2007-2012

Contact: Dr. Ir. Karen De Clerck