USDA develops reusable cotton antimicrobial wipes

July 1st, 2023

ARS researchers (from left) Sunghyun Nam, Matthew Hillyer and Pablo Salame use the needle punching process to produce washable antimicrobial cotton wipes in the nonwoven pilot plant at the ARS Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans. Photo: Crista Madison/USDA ARS U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers have developed machine-washable cotton […]

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Fire-resistant cotton through breeding, not chemicals

May 1st, 2023

During a standard 45-degree incline flammability test, regular cotton (seen in the top row) burned instantly when exposed to an open flame. In the same test, the fire-resistant cotton (seen in the bottom row) self-extinguished when exposed to an open flame. Each image is five seconds apart. The top series was fully consumed by flame […]

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