Dr. Michel Fok Resignation
By M. Rafiq Chaudhry on Dec 11, 2020


Dear Researchers; I am extremely shocked on the resignation of Dr. Michel Fok. He was with me from the very beginning for the formation of ICRA. Michel is a big supporter of cooperation among researchers. I found him always coming forward with new ideas and willingness to work with anybody who extended him a hand. His contributions to the work o...

By Michel Foklook on Dec 10, 2020


Time has come After having joined the Executive Committee since the inception of ICRA, hence for about ten years, I thought it was time for me to step out as I am at a few months to be retired.  So, I have just sent my letter of resignation (mfok_resignation) to the Executive Committee. My decision to leave my position earlier than scheduled...

Genetic map construction and functional characterization of genes within the segregation distortion regions (SDRs) in the F2:3 populations derived from wild cotton species of the D genome
By Fan Qin on Dec 7, 2020

Biomol - Biotechnology JCR

[Background] Segregation distortion (SD) is a common phenomenon among stable or segregating populations, and the principle behind it still puzzles many researchers. The F2:3 progenies developed from the wild cotton species of the D genomes were used to investigate the possible plant transcription factors within the segregation distortion regions (S...

A project worth consideration
on Dec 4, 2020


An Australian initiative of global relevance The project is called "Intimidation and voice of research scientists" and is self-clear by its title. It is based on a survey that is elaborated and endorsed in the following documents: endorsement letter2-compressed 2020 Participant INFORMATION SHEET-2019459_V2 Participant INFORMATION SHEET-20194...

By Keshav Kranthi on Dec 2, 2020


Dear friends, please find the Dossier of the Candidates nominated for election to the ICRA Executive Committee 2021 to 2024. The Ballot papers are being sent to all ICRA members for voting from 2 December to 7 December on SurveyMonkey. Best Regards

COTTON WEBINARS 2 December 2020
By Keshav Kranthi on Nov 19, 2020


COTTON WEBINARS WCRC-7 Monthly Plenary Lecture Series  INAUGURAL LECTURES  Time & Date: 8.00 AM (Eastern time, Washington DC) 7 October 2020   Prof. Rattan Lal, World Food Prize Laureate 2020. Professor of Soil Science Ohio State University, USA Topic: SOIL HEALTH   Prof. Bruce Tabashnik, Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award 2020, Ent...

Calibration of HVI cotton elongation measurements
By Fan Qin on Nov 18, 2020

JCR Fiber Quality

[Background] The strength of cotton fiber has been extensively studied and significant improvements in fiber strength have been made, but fiber elongation has largely been ignored, despite it contributing to the energy needed to break fibers, which affects fiber handling and processing. High Volume Instruments (HVI) measure fiber elongation but hav...

Bt cotton seed purity in Burkina Faso: status and lessons learnt
By Fan Qin on Nov 16, 2020

Biomol - Biotechnology Social-Issues-WestCentralAfrica JCR

[Background] Since the commercial release of Bt cotton in Burkina Faso in 2009, the issue of seed purity in producers’ fields has rarely been addressed in an unbiased and objective manner. The potential for contamination of conventional seed varieties with Bt traits and the consequent threat to the continuation of organic cotton production has been...

Executive Committee (EC) Election/Nomination Terms of Reference
By Keshav Kranthi on Nov 15, 2020


ICRA EC Nomination Form
By Keshav Kranthi on Nov 15, 2020


Apprehending the potential of BABY BOOM transcription factors to mitigate cotton regeneration and transformation
By Fan Qin on Nov 5, 2020

Biomol - Biotechnology JCR

[Abstract] Since the advent of transgenic technology, the incorporation of gene(s) encoding traits of economic importance in cotton is being practiced worldwide. However, factors like recalcitrant nature of cotton cultivars, in vitro regeneration via tissue culture (especially via somatic embryogenesis), genotype dependency, long and toilsome proto...

Cotton N rate could be reduced further under the planting model of late sowing and high-density in the Yangtze River valley
By Fan Qin on Nov 5, 2020

Agronomy & physiology Agro-physio-Asia JCR

[Background] An optimal N rate is one of the basic determinants for high cotton yield. The purpose of this study was to determine the optimal N rate on a new cotton cropping pattern with late-sowing, high density and one-time fertilization at the first flower period in Yangtze River Valley, China. A 2-year experiment was conducted in 2015 and 2016...

Phenylpropanoid metabolism and pigmentation show divergent patterns between brown color and green color cottons as revealed by metabolic and gene expression analyses
By Fan Qin on Oct 27, 2020

Biomol - Biotechnology JCR

[Background] Naturally-colored cotton has become increasingly popular because of their natural properties of coloration, UV protection, flame retardant, antibacterial activity and mildew resistance. But poor fiber quality and limited color choices are two key issues that have restricted the cultivation of naturally-colored cotton. To identify the p...

WCRC-7 WEBINAR on 'Cotton and Climate Change' 4 November 2020
By Keshav Kranthi on Oct 22, 2020


COTTON WEBINARS WCRC-7 Plenary Lecture Series The ICAC and ICRA are delighted to announce the second COTTON WEBINAR to be held at 7.30 to 9.30 AM (Eastern Time, Washington DC) on 4 November 2020. The webinar lectures will feature two presentations (30 min) each day by eminent globally renowned experts followed by a Q& A session. The lectures...

Natural Coloured Cotton Book (Arabic) by Dr Amal Saber Owis
By Keshav Kranthi on Oct 21, 2020


Dear Friends, I am happy to inform you that Dr Amal Saber Owis, Former Director, Cotton Research Institute, Giza, Egypt, has authored a book on Natural Coloured cotton -Facts and Secrets. The book is in Arabic. Please find a pdf copy of the book here. We will explore the possibility of getting the book translated. Regards Keshav Kranthi

History under writing
on Sep 23, 2020

ICRA Icra-Gossypedia

The content of this post is a replication of a message I have just sent. You can react to my message by commenting this post. This is to attract your attention to the fact that some of you have taken over the challenge of embarking to write of the history of cotton research. Click on wiki after logging in and discover what has been started for the...

A genome-wide identification of the BLH gene family reveals BLH1 involved in cotton fiber development
By Fan Qin on Sep 11, 2020

Biomol - Biotechnology JCR

[Background] Cotton is the world’s largest and most important source of renewable natural fiber. BEL1-like homeodomain (BLH) genes are ubiquitous in plants and have been reported to contribute to plant development. However, there is no comprehensive characterization of this gene family in cotton. In this study, 32, 16, and 18 BLH genes were identif...

Cotton research history?
on Sep 10, 2020


World Cotton Day As we have been recently recalled, ICAC has launched the initiative of declaring October 7 as the World Cotton Day. Hopefully, in a couple of days, it will become the new UN World Cotton Day and give us some pride in working on cotton. For sure, the World Cotton Day will be celebrated at various cotton research organizations al...

Global identification of genes associated with xylan biosynthesis in cotton fiber
By Fan Qin on Sep 7, 2020

Biomol - Biotechnology JCR

[Background] Mature cotton fiber secondary cell wall comprises largely of cellulose (> 90%) and small amounts of xylan and lignin. Little is known about the cotton fiber xylan biosynthesis by far. [Result] To comprehensively survey xylan biosynthetic genes in cotton fiber, we identified five IRX9, five IRX10, one IRX14, six IRX15, two FRA8, o...

Development and application of perfect SSR markers in cotton
By Fan Qin on Sep 3, 2020

Biomol - Biotechnology JCR

[Background] This study aimed to develop a set of perfect simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers with a single copy in the cotton genome, to construct a DNA fingerprint database suitable for authentication of cotton cultivars. We optimized the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system for multi-platform compatibility and improving detection efficiency....