Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/18939
Title: Wool metrology research and development to date
Contributor(s): Cottle, David  (author)orcid ; Baxter, B Peter (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1080/00405167.2015.1108543
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/18939
Abstract: This review explores research and development in wool metrology to date. In doing so, it highlights the research work undertaken by three organisations, in particular, to the development of wool and textile metrology research covering all of the important physical properties of wool. Three key wool research centres at the beginning of the twenty-first century were CSIRO's Division of Textile and Fibre Technology at Belmont near Geelong, Victoria, the School of Fibre Science and Technology, University of NSW at Kensington, NSW in Australia, and the Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand Inc. at Lincoln near Christchurch, New Zealand. Due to funding pressures between 1997 and 2007, these centres either ceased to operate or were absorbed into larger, non-wool-focused organisations. The substantial contribution to the world's wool metrology literature made by their staff and graduates, over the period when the three organisations had around 300-500 staff involved in wool-related research activities, is recognised. The review analyses the research undertaken on wool properties to identify gaps that might be exploited through the application of new or novel use of technologies by the next generation of wool metrologists. The analysis indicates that although the main fibre/fleece characteristics which currently affect the pricing and trading of Merino wool are able to be readily and accurately measured, there remains considerable work to be done in linking wool measurements to the prediction of performance both in processing and in the final product.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Textile Progress, 47(3), p. 163-315
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0040-5167
1754-2278
Field of Research (FOR): 070299 Animal Production not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 830505 Raw Wool
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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