Scientists working for the Paraiba State Government are now reaping the first harvests of a research programme to create naturally coloured cotton.

The team denies that genetic engineering is involved and says the cotton has been cultivated by means of selective breeding from parent stocks from the wild species from which all cottons derive and which naturally produce flowers of different shades.  

To date cotton seeds which come in variations of red, green and brown have been recorded.

The fibre itself is of the long staple type known in Brazil serido.

By Sonia Roberts.