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The Silkworm—An Attractive BioResource Supplied by Japan

Yutaka BANNO1), Toru SHIMADA2), Zenta KAJIURA3) and Hideki SEZUTSU4)
1) Institute of Genetic Resources, Graduate School of Bioresources and Bioenvironmental Science, Kyushu University 2) Department of Agricultural and Environmental Biology, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo 3) Bioresource and Environmental Science Division of Applied Biology, Shinshu University 4) Transgenic Silkworm Research Center, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences
Abstract :

Silkworms have played an important agricultural role in supporting Japan’s modernization, and traditionally, Japan has led the world as a repository of silkworm bioresources. The silkworm is a small and highly domesticated insect, which is ideal as a laboratory tool, although it is a bioresource that is relatively infrequently used in experiments at present. In this review, we describe the potential for silkworm resources to contribute to life sciences.

Keywords :
bioresource, Bombyx mori, domesticated animal, NBRP-silkworm

Date Deposited : 21 Jun 2011 13:40

Last Modified : 21 Jun 2011 14:19

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Volume 59, Number 2, - 2010

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