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Honeydew contaminated cotton: a sticky problem needs a solution

Prapti Behera (Department of Biotechnology, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India)
Sanjukta Aravind (Department of Biotechnology, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India)
Balaji Seetharaman (Department of Biotechnology, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India)

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Article publication date: 7 December 2022




Bales of cotton run through the gins and textile mill instruments, stick to them and make it cumbersome for the ginning mill workers. This is so because more time and money have to be invested in cleaning these instruments. The stickiness of cotton causes health hazards to the workers, decreases the yarn quality and economic loss to the textile industry. The effect of cotton stickiness on textile ginning, various methods for cotton stickiness detection and the steps for reduction are discussed.


The different methods that are available for detecting and measuring cotton stickiness are described. The sugars that cause stickiness are either of plant origin (physiological sugars) or from the feeding insects (entomological origin). The methods for stickiness detection and reduction are discussed under physical, chemical and biological categories.


This review suggests possible ways to mitigate cotton stickiness.


One of the major issues of the textile industry is honeydew-contaminated cotton stickiness. However, there are few papers on detection methods for analyzing honeydew cotton stickiness along with the approaches to reduce stickiness. This paper summarizes different methods along with a study for detection as well as reduction of cotton stickiness.



The first author thank the TMA-Pai Scholarship of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). The corresponding author express his gratitude to MAHE for the support in filing a patent through Technology Transfer Office, Directorate of Research, MAHE, Manipal.

Funding: There is no funding used for this study.


Behera, P., Aravind, S. and Seetharaman, B. (2022), "Honeydew contaminated cotton: a sticky problem needs a solution", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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