| || Decay of Cotton Fibres and Fabrics by Fungi during Gowdown Storage and Effect of Environmental Factors
Author : Srivastava, K.C.;Verma, J.
Source : Defence Science Journal ; Vol:39(2) ; 1989 ; pp 165-178
Subject : 579 MicroBiology;687 Textiles and Clothing
Keywords : Tensile strength;Soil contact storage;Mesophilic Deuteromycetes
Abstract : Stored cotton fabrics show distinct signs of fungal decay in their colour, feel and strength besides other physico-chemical and biological characteristics. Fabrics show maximum loss in tensile strength during soil contact storage. The moisture content, and the chemical constitution of cotton alongwith storage conditions are directly correlated with the intensity of decay. Maximum loss of strength of cotton is evident at 30-55 degree C temperature and 90-95 per cent RH. The fungi attacking cotton during storage are mesophilic Deuteromycetes.