Cotton Breeding Australia
Designer Fibres: Manipulating the chemical composition of cotton fibre cell walls to produce fibres with novel properties
Dr Filomena Pettolino.
This project is undertaking fundamental research into cotton fibres. It is making significant discoveries in regards to the chemical composition of fibre cell walls.
The results of this research may identify novel ways that the cotton fibre can be manipulated to compete against synthetic fibres.
Key highlights of the research have been:
- Comprehensive analysis of fibre composition at maturity and through development has identified cell wall components involved in fibre quality traits.
- Sophisticated analysis of mature fibre from G. hirsutum, G. barbadense and G. arboreum revealed differences in cellulose microfibril structure.
- Five cotton-related papers were published during the course of this project.
- Funding to pursue the Novel Fibres part of the original project proposal was successfully attained through the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform and is progressing as a separate project.