The aim of the Project is to obtain textile materials capable of providing protection against ticks and bedbugs, which are arthropods of medical and veterinary importance all over the world. It is expected to obtain high durability of slowly released repellent/insecticide effect.
The results of BETITEX will contribute to promote a greener and more competitive economy as the final textile products will be as sustainable as possible by means of using natural, biodegradable or recyclable textile materials in combination with authorized biocides and by using eco-friendly textile technologies.
Main applications areas of BETITEX expected results are Personal Protective Equipment and Home Textiles.
The project is coordinated by GREMI T╚XTIL DE TERRASSA, a non-profit Catalan organization which joins more than 120 companies in the textile sector. In BETITEX, GREMI leads a consortium of 10 partners: 3 textile associations (ATEVAL from Spain, CLUTEX from Czech Republic and TEXCLUBTEC from Italy); 3 technological centers (INOTEX from Czech Republic, LEITAT and TECNALIA; 3 SMEs (GEM'INNOV from France, NILKA from Turkey and SILK & PROGRESS from Czech Republic).
TECNALIA┤s Urban Pest Laboratory will develop both lab cultures (Bedbugs and ticks) and biocide efficacy testing of the insecticide-treated textiles.
BETITEX is a research and development project starting on 1st November 2013 and lasting 36 months. It is cofounded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme.
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