Previous Issue - Articles

One feed per instar for chawki rearing: A path breaking technology
C. Shivakumar and C.S. Patil
In view of diminishing labour resources and increase in input cost posing threat to the growth of sericulture industry, KSSRDI, Bangalore has recently developed a novel method of chawki rearing called "One Feed per Instar Technique" (OFIT) which facilitates the maintenance of mulberry leaf freshness and succulence in the silkworm rearing bed. The paper discusses the advantages of new innovation.  
West Bengal: Spacing in mulberry; plantation and its impact
M.S. Rahman, S.K. Mandal, M.K. Ghosh and B.B. Bindroo
Spacing in mulberry plantation is said to influence the quality and yield of leaf. The authors study the need for adoption of wider spacing in mulberry plantation in West Bengal conditions to propagate bivoltine, effectively in favourable seasons.  
Domestication has impaired olfactory functions in silkmoth, Bombyx mori
M.N.S. Iyengar/Research Brief
Recurrence of Papaya Mealy bug: Reasons and remedies 
N. Skthivel, S. Mahiba Helen and R. Balakrishna
Papaya Mealy bug, the devastating insect pest that played havoc in southern Indian sericulture belt during 2009, is in the news again. The authors report recurrence of the pest in Tamil Nadu and suggest precautions to contain it below the economic injury level.  
Oberea artocarpi Gardner: New coleopteran pest infesting mulberry
A.V. Mary Josepha (Shery), Vinod Kumar, M.A. Shekar and S.M.H. Qadri
Mulberry is prone to many pests that affect its leaf quality and yield. The authors report here the growing incidence of a new coleopteran pest Oberea artocarpi Gardner in Kerala that needs to be prevented in the beginning itself to protect the interests of the sericulturists.  
Empirical study on farmers’ revisit to sericulture in Bangladesh
Md. Abdur Rashid
Sericulture once taken up in Bangladesh on a large scale, over the period became less popular in the extension areas, and hence posed an alarming situation in the country. A study was recently conducted to understand the reasons for large scale abandonment and also to assess to possibilities of bringing the farmers back to the folds of sericulture.  
Date palm leaf device for tasar silkworm brushing
Ch. Sudhakara Babu, S. Kamaraj, Shova Beck, K.B. Jena, S.S. Singh, B.C. Prasad, D. Chakravarty and M.K. Sinha
In tasar brushing, the newly hatched silkworms are transferred to the host plants by different traditional methods wherein it is observed that they take 10-24 hours to migrate to the food plant and in the process are exposed to natural vagaries resulting in loss of 10-20% of worms. The authors suggest use of date palm leaf device to overcome the problem and ensure safe and fast transfer of worms. Details.  
Properties of eri silk and yak hair blended fabrics
Sapna Gautam and Alka Goel
Eri has unique properties of rough appearance, aesthetic appeal, softness of silk and blends well with other natural fibres. The authors present here the outcome of their effort to blend eri silk with yak hair to manufacture a trendy fabric that may blend well with clientele elite.  
Compilation and different contributors
This year that issue, Editorial, Report, Hindi Vibhag, CSB News, SMOI News, Silk Briefs, Trade events, Trade Information, etc.