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#051: Steve Ranford about wool research

Steve Ranford from AgResearch Wool Academy Podcast

Steve Ranford is a Senior Scientist at AgResearch. In this podcast interview, he is talking about the important environmental role wool has to play in today’s world and why it is therefore important to continue research about one of the oldest fibres in the world. Steve covers topics such as biopolymers, biodegradability, isotopes and specifications.

About Steve Ranford

Steve Ranford is a Senior Scientists at AgResearch in New Zealand. During his whole career, Steve has been an important contributor to wool research making huge contributions to the wool industry. Steve is currently working on wool product development, sustainable processing and new tools for process control. His research experience covers the development of visual and infra-red spectrometry, mass spectrometry and sensing technology to provide rapid information on fibre and food products. Steve has recently developed a system for tracing the origin of wool fibres that integrates with current IWTO wool sampling and testing platforms.

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Key Time Stamps

[00:41] About Steve Ranford

[01:20] About AgResearch

[02:00] Research about wool at AgResearch

[03:01] Why we can still learn new things about wool

[04:02] Does wool have a renaissance in research?

[05:37] What is a biopolymer and what is a biobased product

[08:08] The research Steve is working on

[10:33] What would be the ideal condition for wool to biodegrade

[13:45] Traceability of wool through isotopes

[16:41] Why are specifications important for the wool industry

[22:06] Steve’s most favorite property of wool

[24:28] How to connect with AgResearch

 

 

 

 

 

About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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