Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Publication Source

Sericologia

Abstract

The mulberry silkworm, Bombyx mori, a holometabolous lepidopteran insect, has a metameric body plan. Due to its functional adaptation, B. mori presents some unique deviations in its pal/ern from the evolutionarily advanced dipteran insect, Drosophila melanogaster. Previous studies on mutant phenotype analysis in B. mori have been carried out in late stages of larval development. Here we employ, the cuticle preparation approach during embryonic development to study morphological landmarks associated with B. mori, Eri, another race a/silkworm, and pattern defects associated with Ekp mutant of B.mori. The homeotic mutant Ekp, generates ectopic abdominallegs, a feature previously documented only during larval development. Using cuticle preparation approach the patterning defects of extra abdominal legs of Ekp mutation could be detected as early as 7.5-day-old embryo. This approach can be exploited to study patterning defects in B. mori mutants affecting early development.

Inclusive pages

113-117

ISBN/ISSN

0250-3980

Document Version

Published Version

Comments

This document is provided for download in compliance with the publisher's policy on self-archiving. Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

International Sericultural Commission

Volume

49

Issue

1

Peer Reviewed

yes


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