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Journal of Entomology
  Year: 2010 | Volume: 7 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 129-140
DOI: 10.3923/je.2010.129.140
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Application of Parental Selection for Productivity Improvement in Tropical Tasar Silkworm Antheraea mylitta Drury-A Review

R. Manohar Reddy, M.K. Sinha and B.C. Prasad

In spite of huge availability of nature grown tropical tasar silkworm food plants and rural tribal man power, the tasarculture and raw silk production is yet to attain the potential. The reason being the inadequacy of prospective commercial silkworm seed and breed options, and the urgent need is a coherent application of existing parental races by effective selection. The global demand for vanya silks in general and tasar silk in particular, call-for sustainable utilization of country’s seri-biodiversity potential. Viability and productivity proportion of tasarculture in terms of seeds, cocoons and essentially raw silk, need attention for its vital role in reforming the livelihood and economic condition of rural, backward and tribal farmers. The conventional approaches on basic stock maintenance, commercial seed production, selective use of parental races or parents for heterosis and heterobeltiosis, method of backcrossing to exploit the traits of commercial importance and applying the advantage of GenotypexEnvironment (GxE) interactions are indispensable. In spite of current knowledge on sophisticated transgenic silkworm, appropriate application of on-hand parental resource material and methodologies can expedite tasar silk productivity improvement in addition to up-keep the agro based cottage industry’s cost-effectiveness and biodiversity conservation. The review deals with the current situation and probable strategies for enhancing the productivity and quality of tasar raw silk.
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  •    Influence of Weather Factors on Incidence and Intensity of Microsporidiosis in Silkworm (Bombyx mori L.)
  •    Characterization and Identification of Bacteria Infecting Indian Tropical Tasar Silkworm, Antheraea mylitta D.
  •    Study of Phenotypic Variability in Silk Gland Characters in Three Ecoraces of Tropical Tasar Silkworm Antheraea mylitta Drury
  •    Competency in Mother Moth Examination Methods of Antheraea mylitta D. in the Detection of Pebrine Spores and Quality Evaluation
How to cite this article:

R. Manohar Reddy, M.K. Sinha and B.C. Prasad, 2010. Application of Parental Selection for Productivity Improvement in Tropical Tasar Silkworm Antheraea mylitta Drury-A Review. Journal of Entomology, 7: 129-140.

DOI: 10.3923/je.2010.129.140






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