Less toxic cottonseed: Potential for non-ruminants
Corporate



Cotton production is one of the largest production crops around the world. For every 1 kg of cotton fiber, the plant produces around 1.65 kg of seed which is high in oil and protein. These can be used for ruminant diets, but non-ruminants are too sensitive for the toxic substance gossypol, a nasty by-product. Luckily, a gossypol-free variety of cottonseed has been developed.

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Levi's + Google High Tech Trucker Jacket
Technology And Innovation



The Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket with "Jacquard" by Google has finally been launched after 2 yr. of working together to incorporate smart-touch fabric into clothing. "Jacquard", named after a type of loom and the textile it produces, is a conductive fabric that allows clothing to send data and power without wires and is woven directly into the clothing.

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Tasar silk is better for manufacturing biomaterials: Study
Technical textile



Superior mechanical properties and acceptance by the human body with any harm is what has made Silk a preferred fibre for medical applications. Now scientists have found that wild varieties of silk such as Tasar are tougher, and thus, better suited for making biomaterials like surgical sutures and drug-delivery systems or wearable devises like hearing aids. Read more.

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Bio fabricated leather set for debut
Technology And Innovation



Biotechnology startup Modern Meadow Inc. (MMI) is set to debut its first generation prototypes made with a pioneering new technology for 'biofabricated' leather materials. The company says it harnesses the collective power of design, biology and engineering to produce a new material that is almost indistinguishable from animal leather.

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India to launch its own branded cotton
Textile



Following the success of branded cottonfrom Egypt and the US, Indian Government too now wants to brand locally produced cotton & fetch premium prices from overseas importers. Various stakeholders of the industry are being met to draft guidelines for revising the "Technology Mission on Cotton" (TMC) targeted to improve quality & accommodate 'contract farming' in cotton.

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