Over many centuries of cultivation, countless advances have been made in the production of cotton. Agricultural practices such as conservation tillage and crop rotation have been employed to renew nutrients and preserve the soil for future crops.

Huge mechanized pickers and strippers now do the job of thousands of workers. Selective breeding has been helped by genetic engineering. Some scientists are even beginning to grow cotton fibers in the laboratory without the plant!

There is plenty of money and effort being expended to further improve the textile industry and the agricultural industry which fuels it, to ensure the world remains clothed in cotton.

Read about the history of Cotton
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© Thomas L. Rost 1998
Section of Plant Biology Division of Biological Sciences