Title

Developmental Aspects of Mulberry and Nonmulberry Silkworm Species: A Comparative Study

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1998

Publication Source

Genome Analysis in Eukaryotes

Abstract

The mulberry silkworm, Bombyx mori has been exploited by man for more than 4000 years, for the production of the exotic silk yam used in making fabric. The silk fibre, proteinaceous in nature synthesised by B. mori larvae, is unmatched in beauty and elegance by any of the man made fibres. The silk industry is reported to have its origin in China dating back to 2600 B.C. and found its way to India over the Himalayas. According to the recorded history, a young Chinese Empress by name Si Ling-Chi has been accredited with the development and exploitation of the silk cocoon for the production of exotic silk fibre. The silk industry spread widely in Europe in the sixth and seventh centuries A.D.

Inclusive pages

65-97

ISBN/ISSN

9783662118313

Publisher

Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

Place of Publication

Berlin, Germany

Peer Reviewed

yes