E. Hequet and N. Abidi. 2006. Sticky Cotton Measurements and Fiber Processing, Texas Tech University Press. ISBN 10: 0-89672-590-1.
Cotton stickiness is a worldwide
contamination problem. Stickiness is caused by sugar deposits produced
either by the cotton plant itself or, most commonly, by honeydew from
insects feeding on the cotton, usually aphids and whiteflies. Sticky
cotton can cause residue to build up on textile equipment, leading to
losses in productivity and quality.
Following a general overview of cotton stickiness, the authors evaluate various detection methods, including chemical tests and physical tests, and review the advantages and limitations of high-speed stickiness detectors. They also discuss the effect of stickiness on fiber processing, productivity, and yarn quality. Sticky Cotton is an essential reference for anyone searching for ways to avoid or mitigate the problem of cotton stickiness.