ICAC Recorder Addresses Nanotechnology, Water Consumption and GHGs


For Immediate Release 
Date Posted: 26 January 2022
Executive Summary
Highlights from the most recent ICAC Recorder include:
  • An editorial by ICAC Chief Scientist Dr Keshav Kranthi, who also authored a feature story on GHG emissions from cotton production and fibre processing as well as cotton's ability to sequester carbon.
  • An overview of cotton's potential in one of the most cutting-edge technologies that holds tremendous potential for the future of textiles — nanotechnology.
  • A science-based look at one of the most damaging — and annoyingly durable — myths about cotton: its water consumption. 
ICAC Recorder Addresses Nanotechnology, Water Consumption and GHGs
Despite the best efforts of researchers, life cycle assessment studies to date have not been able to provide a clear picture of cotton's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and its ability to sequester carbon. Equally uncertain is exactly how cotton will be used in nanotechnology, which is expected to transform the textile industry in coming years.

Fortunately, the most recent edition of the ICAC Recorder addresses all of those topics. The 22-page publication, which is free to all, features three expert authors:
  • Dr N Vigneshwaran, Principal Scientist at ICAR-CIRCOT in Mumbai, kicks of the edition with an overview of cotton's potential in nanotechnologies, which encompass everything from breeding to nano-finishing of textiles.
  • Dr Marcelo Paytas, Director of Argentina's National Institute of Agricultural Research, and colleagues address one of the biggest misunderstandings in cotton history — water consumption — in his article, entitled 'Is Cotton a Water-Guzzling Crop?'
  • ICAC Chief Scientist Dr Keshav Kranthi, editor of the publication and author of the editorial, attempts to review the available information on GHG emissions from cotton cultivation and fibre processing and examines the carbon sequestration potential of cotton farms. 
To access the ICAC Recorder free of charge, click here

About the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
Formed in 1939, the ICAC is an association of cotton producing, consuming and trading countries. It acts as a catalyst for change by helping member countries maintain a healthy world cotton economy; provides transparency to the world cotton market by serving as a clearinghouse for technical information on cotton production; and serves as a forum for discussing cotton issues of international significance. In addition, members can take advantage of the ICAC’s global network of cotton researchers, whose expertise covers the supply chain from farm to textile manufacturing, and have free access to its cutting-edge technologies like the voice-based app and virtual technology cotton training programme. Committed to ensuring cotton’s continued sustainability, the ICAC is the only intergovernmental commodity body covering cotton that is recognised by the United Nations. For more information, please visit www.icac.orgTwitter or LinkedIn