The Arizona Daily Star's Centennial salute to science in Arizona runs all summer. Each day, for 100 days, we'll record a milestone in the state's scientific history.
Pima cotton has come to represent the gold standard for luxurious, silklike fabric used in high-end sheets and clothing.
The evolution of this extra-long-staple cotton is an Arizona success story.
"A lot of folks think it originated with the Pima Indians," said Jeff Silvertooth, head of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.