Agave Fibres

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1936
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NUTMAN, F.J.
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WHEN this station began to take an interest in Agaves as fibre-producing plants some years ago it soon became apparent that extremely little was known about the fibre itself, or, for that matter, about the plant. Shortly afterwards the work here reported was started. The original intention was to devise tests for facilitating the selection of fibre-producing plants in order that new plants could be selected for desirability of fibre as well as for vegetative characteristics. It is clearly impracticable to multiply all promising single-plant selections to the stage when a sufficiency of fibre can be sent to Europe for a spinning test. The area necessary for the plantations would be great; the time involved considerable;the expense prohibitive; and the ability of the spinning trade to evaluate a new fibre-type is problematical.
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Experimental Agriculture, 5 (17,18), pp. 75-111
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