A research collaboration between Australia and India will benefit both countries by improving wool processing, boosting local economies, and creating demand for Australian raw wool, says Dr Brett Bateup, chief of CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology.Dr Bateup was speaking to a delegation led by the Indian Minister for Textiles, Mr Rana and the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr Rathore. The delegation toured CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology research division in Geelong, Victoria, on Friday. Dr Bateup welcomed the delegation while leading discussions on the two collaborative research projects recently commissioned and funded by ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research). Both are expected to run for more than three years. The projects are being run under a partnership between CSIRO, ACIAR and India.One project involving the implementation of spinning prediction techniques will create demand for increased fibre specification of raw wool. The second aims to reduce the environmental impacts of wool processing and improve economic outcomes in textile processing regions in India. Dr Bateup says, "India is collaborating with us due to its developing industrial growth and use of Australian wool."These three year collaborative projects will create a platform to generate an interchange of ideas to assist in further research, training of technical personnel and in the long term improve economic outcomes in textile processing regions."The research involves world's best practice benchmarking and will no doubt see links between woolgrowers, early stage processors, and spinners in Australia and India emerge stronger," Dr Bateup said. "It is our desire to explore ways to strengthen and build on the excellent textile capability within Australia," Minister Rana said. "International cooperation involving textiles is becoming increasingly critical and mutually beneficial in this rapidly changing global textile market," Minister Rana concluded.