Decisions Taken in a Special Executive Committee Meeting held online on 08 January, 2021


8.00 to 10.00 AM Eastern Time, 8 January 2021

A special online meeting of the ICRA Executive Committee was held at 8.00 to 10.00 AM on 8 January 2021.
At the outset, the chair and the ICRA EC members unanimously recorded their deep gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Michel Fok for his commendable contributions and leadership as Chair of ICRA from 2016 to 2020.

The following decisions were taken by majority vote

  • Postponed the election of new EC members to the next WCRC-7.
  • The current Executive Committee will continue until the WCRC-7 with Dr. Mohamed Negm as the Chair
  • Eric Hequet has been unanimously elected as the vice-Chair.
  • Elections will be held at the General Body meeting to be convened at the WCRC-7


  • The ICRA newsletter will be renamed as ‘Cotton Innovations’
  • The newsletter will be published at monthly intervals
  • ICRA-EC members will take turns to act as editors of ‘Cotton Innovations’
  • Mike McCue, Communications Director, ICAC will be requested to be the chief Editor
  • Kai Hughes will be requested for permission of ICAC support (chief Editor, design and layout)
  • The ICRA Secretariat will circulate the newsletter and solicit feedback from ICRA members


COTTON WEBINAR 5th EDITION 3 February 2021

COTTON WEBINAR 5th Edition, 8.00 to 10.00 AM (Eastern Time) 3 February 2021

Prof. Jonathan F. Wendel: Topic: Genes, Jeans, and Genomes; what we now know about the Evolution of Gossypium and the Origin of the Polyploids

Dr. Edward (Ed) M. Barnes: Topic: Increasing Automation & Robotic Applications in Cotton