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Bird, Luther S. Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
- Cultivation and harvesting
- Products and processing
- Distribution and production
- Stimulants to production
- Wild cotton
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A fiber obtained from the cotton plant Gossypium, of the order Malvales. The cotton plant (Fig. 1) has been used by humans for more than 5000 years. The fiber (cotton) obtained from this plant is the most widely used natural fiber because of its versatility and comparatively low cost to produce and to manufacture into finished products. Cotton traditionally has been used alone in textile products, but blends with artificial fibers have become increasingly important. See also: Fiber crops; Malvales; Natural fiber; Textile
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