This natural plant fiber is a globally important crop with many uses. But cotton growers are continually dealing with environmental challenges like drought and pests. Explore the content below to learn more about cotton, its wild ancestors, and some of the approaches scientists are using to study and improve cotton plants.

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    This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Program Award #1339412.

    Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

    Additional support provided by Cotton Incorporated.

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Genetic Science Learning Center. "Cotton." Learn.Genetics. December 9, 2010. Accessed March 14, 2018.