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Antifungal Activity Assessment of Cotton Fabrics Using Image Processing and Analysis

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  • Strnad Simona
    Institute of Engineering Materials and Design, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia
  • Paš Maja
    Chair of Biotechnology, Food Science and Technology Department, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Fabjančič Alenka (j/w)
  • Raspor Peter (j/w)

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An investigation into the antifungal activities of anti-microbially, hydrophobically and oleophobically finished cotton fabrics designed for tents and marquees was performed according to the AATCC 30-1999 (IV) test method. The growth of test moulds (Aspergillus niger, Penicilium pinophilum and Trichoderma harzianum) on differently treated cotton fabric samples was evaluated according to the standard procedure and additionally using image processing and analysis, which have, to a great extent, increased the accuracy of standard organoleptic estimation. Image processing and analysis enabled an exact evaluation of tests of microorganism growth over a percentage area of a fabric sample covered by fungi, after a defined exposure period. The introduction of an evaluation technique using image processing and analysis was shown to be suitable for the purpose of assessing fungal attack. The results of the tests performed on selected antifungal compounds showed significant distinctions even between those cotton fabric samples treated with different amounts of antifungal agents.

Tags: cotton, antifungal activity, antimicrobial tests, image processing and analysis.

Citation: Strnad S., Paš M., Fabjančič A., Raspor P.; Antifungal Activity Assessment of Cotton Fabrics Using Image Processing and Analysis. FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe 2010, Vol. 18, No. 6 (83) pp. 86-90.

Published in issue no 6 (83) / 2010, pages 86–90.


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