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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2012-13
Consolidate, enhance and transfer knowledge regarding the health attributes of wool AWI is collating scientific data to support marketing statements regarding the health attributes of wool. Two major projects, sleep research and skin health, are under way: The second phase of an AWI-funded adult sleep quality study at the University of Sydney was successfully completed. This study, through which the doctoral research of Mirim Shin has been conducted, has found that under all ambient conditions, Merino sleepwear was beneficial to sleep outcomes. Results from the first phase of research were presented to the Australasian Sleep Association Conference in October 2012, and a number of additional scientific papers are in preparation. The pilot phase of an AWI-funded child sleep study at Latrobe University was successfully completed. Through a parent survey, this project explored the association between sleep environment and sleep outcomes for children from across the autism spectrum enrolled at the Olga Tennyson Autism Research Centre. The study suggests that the sleep environment affects child sleep outcomes, especially for those with autism, and generated some evidence that use of wool was associated with good sleep outcomes in the population surveyed. The pilot phase results are being used to support an ethics application for a larger follow-on study. Pilot phase clinical trials and analysis were completed in the AWI-funded study of the potential role of superfine Merino fabrics in the treatment of chronic atopic dermatitis conditions. The research results, conducted through the Queensland Institute of Dermatology, suggests that superfine Merino knitwear substantially reduces symptoms for sufferers of chronic skin conditions -- a result which appears to relate to the unique moisture management properties of wool. The ethics application is being finalised for the Phase 2 research, wherein the lower limit for patient age will be reduced to 13 years old. Presentations communicating wool s wellness credentials were delivered at a number of international scientific conferences, including the 6th International Textile, Clothing and Design Conference (Dubrovnic, Croatia, 7-10th October 2012, 2012 Australasian Sleep Association Conference (Darwin, 10-13th October 2012), 1st China National Textile and Apparel Council Congress (Nanjing, China, 4th June 2013), 1st International Natural Fibres Congress (Guimares, Portugal, 10th June 2013), and the 82nd IWTO Congress (Biella, Italy, 13th June 2013). Consolidate, enhance and transfer knowledge regarding the ecological and environmental advantages of wool An AWI-funded review of the metabolic partitioning of nutrients in wool sheep was completed, as an additional approach to resolving allocation of environmental costs between meat and wool. The findings of the study (wool bears ~20% of the cost ) support those of an earlier AWI-funded study (~25%) -- both of these values being substantially lower than those applied in prior wool Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). Establishment of a global reference group for wool LCA methodology and interpretation has been completed, and the inaugural meeting of the AWI Wool Life Cycle Analysis Technical Advisory Group was held on 16-17th April 2013 at the AWI offices in Sydney. The expert membership of this group includes representatives from UK, China, New Zealand and Australia. The group identified key R&D priorities for the 2014-16 strategic planning period, and commenced work to produce a scientific paper recommending changes to the way on-farm allocation is addressed in sheep and wool LCA, for submission in October 2013. AWI-funded wool LCA researchers attended the Sustainable Apparel Coalition meeting held in San Francisco in June 2013 -- establishing technical linkages. Also, the Chair of the AWI Wool LCA Technical Advisory Group, Dr Beverley Henry, has been asked to represent wool in the British Standards and FAO small ruminant LCA processes, and will do so with AWI support. AWI drove the establishment of the IWTO Sustainable Practices Working Group and the subsequent development and production of the IWTO Guidelines for Wool Sheep Welfare. These Guidelines were released at the 82nd IWTO Congress in Biella, Italy, on 13th June 2013. Presentations relating to wool s environmental and sustainable practice credentials were delivered at several conferences, including ABARES Outlook 2013 (February 2013), the 1st International Natural Fibres Congress (Guimares, Portugal, 10th June), and 82nd IWTO Congress (Biella, Italy, 13th June 2013). REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- OFF-FARM R&D
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