Handbook of Natural Fibres

Types, Properties and Factors Affecting Breeding and Cultivation

Edited by

  • Ryszard Kozłowski, Institute of Natural Fibres (INF), Poland

Growing awareness of environmental issues has led to increasing demand for goods produced from natural products, including natural fibres. The two-volume Handbook of natural fibres is an indispensible tool in understanding the diverse properties and applications of these important materials. Volume 1: Types, properties and factors affecting breeding and cultivation is an essential guide to a wide range of natural fibres, and highlights key techniques for their improvement.

Part one reviews key types and fundamental properties of natural textile fibres. The production, identification and testing of a range of cotton, bast, silk and wool fibres are discussed, alongside bioengineered natural textile fibres. Part two goes on to explore the improvement of natural fibre properties and production through breeding and cultivation, beginning with a discussion of fibrous flax and cotton. Improved natural fibre production through the prevention of fungal growth is explored, along with the use of genetic engineering and biotechnology to enhance desirable characteristics. Finally, the wider impact of natural textile production is discussed, using wild silk enterprise programs as an example.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, the two volumes of the Handbook of natural fibres are essential texts for professionals and academics in textile science and technology.
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Professionals and academics within the textile industry as well as those involved in the cultivation and farming of natural fibers.


Book information

  • Published: October 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-697-9

Table of Contents

Introduction to natural textile fibres. Part 1 Fundamentals: Types of fibre, properties, identification and testing: Cotton fibres; Bast fibres: Jute; Bast fibres: Ramie; Bast fibres: Flax; Bast fibres: Hemp cultivation and production; Silk fibres; Wool fibres; Mohair, cashmere and other animal hair fibres; Bioengineered natural textile fibres; Identification of natural textile fibres; Testing of natural textile fibres. Part 2 Improving natural fibre production through breeding and cultivation: Developments in fibrous flax breeding and cultivation; Cotton breeding and agro-technology; Fibre flax cultivation in sustainable agriculture; Prevention of fungal growth in natural fibres; Genetic engineering and biotechnology of natural textile fiber plants; Wild silk: Wild silk enterprise programs to alleviate poverty and protect habitats.