Chinese University develops genetically modified longer fibre cotton

Chinese University develops genetically modified longer fibre cotton

7:37 AM, 11th April 2012
Chinese University develops genetically modified longer fibre cotton

SHANGHAI, CHINA: Scientists at Fudan University have developed China’s own genetically modified cotton which has longer fibres and is hoped to help reduce the country’s imports of high-end cotton. Yang Jinshui, Professor, Fudan University and a member of the genetic research team at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, has applied the gene technology in cotton breeding.

The fibre length of the genetically modified cotton averages 33.5mm, at least 3 mm longer than ordinary ones. Most Chinese cotton strains are 27 to 29 millimetre in fibre length. Textile products made of cotton with short fibre length are less competitive in the international market as they are poor in tensile strength.

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