An automatic device for assessing cotton stickiness caused by honeydew deposits on the fibre, by thermodetection.
CIRAD conducts research on cotton cropping systems in the global South. In this way, it contributes to development and to the food self-sufficiency of people in those countries. It also provides many services and has a range of facilities, tools and laboratory methods.
- Boosting competitiveness (productivity and quality) on a supply chain scale
- Improving producers' financial margins, by cutting production costs, boosting yields and improving product quality
- Guaranteeing food security, by increasing the yields of the food crops grown in rotation, and through crop management sequences that are more resilient as regards rainfall variations, etc.
- Making cropping systems more sustainable, by maintaining soil fertility, integrated management of pest resistance to insecticides, reducing impacts on human health and the environment (GMOs, pesticides, etc)
- Building capacity, through training, supervising theses, researcher networking and information sharing.
- Economic analyses of the cotton sector in support of agricultural development policies, diagnostic analyses of cotton supply chain performance in association with institutional organization.
- Analyses of the characteristics and performance of farms in cotton-growing regions.
- Economic and environmental impact studies of major technological innovations (GMOs) and farming practices in the fields of pest and disease management (parasites and weeds) and soil fertility management.
- Studies, analyses and appraisals of the main critical functions in cotton supply chains: seed production plans, agricultural research, cottonseed classification, fibre classification.
- Technological diagnoses of industrial processing equipment: ginning, spinning, etc.
- Cotton technology laboratory diagnoses: organization, facilities, operating methods, data management, etc.
- Research and development project design and coordination, agronomic diagnoses, design of experimental networks, transfer of knowledge and results (demonstrations, technical advice notes, "peasant universities", management advice, etc.).
- Research project design and scientific coordination in the main disciplinary fields: biotechnologies (marker-assisted breeding, functional genomics) and biosafety, genetics (varietal creation), crop protection and integrated pest management, agronomy, agro-physiology and soil science, and fibre, yarn and seed technology.
- Supervision of students and academic work, organization of training for technicians and researchers.
A hand-held device for assessing cotton stickiness caused by honeydew deposits on the fibre, using thermodetection.
Les filières cotonnières sont constituées de nombreux acteurs : producteurs, organisations paysannes, services de vulgarisation et d’encadrement agricole, fournisseurs d’intrants, égreneurs, commerciaux, transformateurs, chercheurs (publiques ou privés), organisations non gouvernementales, décideurs politiques et financiers, consommateurs… Chacun d’eux, acteur dans une chaîne de valeur globale, doit pouvoir satisfaire ses besoins et ses intérêts. La compréhension du fonctionnement de ces filières, et notamment des spécificités de celles des pays du Sud, est donc déterminante pour toute personne impliquée dans une filière cotonnière.
CIRAD has a team and a laboratory specialized in cotton technology. The training session can be performed within CIRAD premises in Montpellier or within partner’s premises (please provide a room equipped with video projector). The duration of the training session can be adjusted according to the needs of trainees. It is usually between 1 and 3 days.