Killer cotton and planes dropping moths wiped out these pests

The invasive pink bollworm has inflicted tens of millions of dollars in damage annually. Biotech cotton and sterile moths helped eradicate it in the US.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Following a t-shirt from cotton field to landfill shows the true cost of fast fashion

Black Friday sales reveal fast fashion extremes. But how does it affect the planet?

Mark Sumner, Lecturer in Sustainablity, Fashion and Retail, University of Leeds • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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'Plastic-free' fashion is not as clean or green as it seems

While natural fibre textiles like cotton have generated an environmentally friendly reputation in recent years they might be just as bad as microplastic textiles like polyester and Nylon.

Kieran Phelan, PhD Researcher in economic geography, University of Nottingham • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Cotton biofuel cell could one day power pacemakers

Cotton biofuel cells could provide a continuous charge for the batteries in implantable medical devices like pacemakers.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Nov. 30, 2018 ~5 min

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CRISPR solves cotton bollworm resistance mystery

In "a remarkable detective story," scientists have used CRISPR to find what makes cotton bollworm caterpillars resistant to genetically engineered cotton.

Emily Walla-Arizona • futurity
Nov. 8, 2018 ~7 min

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