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INCREASING COMPETITIVENESS OF HIGH QUALITY EUROPEAN ANIMAL TEXTILE FIBRES BY IMPROVING FIBRE QUALITY

Objective



The objective of the project is to increase the quality of European-produced speciality animal textile fibre through the widespread dissemination of a new technology to increase fibre quality more accurately and rapidly. The new technology, Optical Fibre Diameter Analyser (OFDA), will be disseminated through a network of researchers, producers associations and manufacturers involved in the production of fine wool, mohair, cashmere and angora. In particular DFDA will be used to measure fibre quality in a) genetic improvement programmes for each of these speciality fibres in Europe and; b) grading of fibres for presentation to processors and manufacturers.
The application of a common technology across Europe will ensure accuracy and comparability between countries through the development of a central database for fibre breeding schemes and a common measure of fibre quality in the grading of fibres for processing.
The network will be established in 9 European and affiliated countries. In addition to a coordinator and group leaders for fibre measurement technology and genetic improvement schemes, each country will be represented by a Network partner located in a leading centre of research, who will lead Network operations in that country. Coordination of the work will be achieved through the medium of workshops to agree common standards and protocols, a newsletter, and mobility of technical personnel for lectures and training courses. The Network will:
1) enhance the dissemination of state-of-the-art fibre measurement technology and ensure comparability between fibre analyses in different countries, which is a key element in the future development of the European speciality fibre industry.
2) establish common European protocols for measuring fibre traits in breeding programmes for different fibre types.
3) improve the competitiveness of European producers of speciality animal fibres by establishing clearly defined, market-led quality objectives, grading and presentation standards and the creation of new information channels between producers, industry and research.

Funding Scheme

STU - Study contracts, assessment contracts

Coordinator

MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Address
Craigiebuckler
AB9 2QJ Aberdeen
United Kingdom

Participants (10)

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION APLICADA Y TECHNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIA
Spain
Address
Apdo 13
33300 Villaviciosa
DANISH AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY CENTRE
Denmark
Address
Udkaersvej, 15 - Skejby
8200 Aarhus N
DEUTSCHES WOLLFORSCHUNGSINSTITUTAN DER T.H. AACHEN
Germany
Address
Veltmandplatz, 8
52062 Aachen
ESCOLA SUPERIOR AGRARIA
Portugal
Address
Quinta Da Sra De Mercules, 6000
Castelo Branco
I.N.R.A.
France
Address
B.p. 27
31326 Toulouse
NLH AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF NORWAY
Norway
Address
P.o. Box 25
1432 Ås
SERVICIO DE INVESTIGACION AGRARIA
Spain
Address
Ctra. De Montañana, 176 - P.o. Box 727
50080 Zaragoza
UNIVERSITY OF KUOPIO
Finland
Address
Savilahdentie, 9 - P.o. Box 1627
70211 Kuopio
UNIVERSITÄT ZU BERLIN
Germany
Address
Lentzeallee, 75
33 Berlin
Università degli Studi di Bari
Italy
Address
Via Giovanni Amendola 165/A
70126 Bari