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An analysis of sericulture research projects undertaken in India from 1944 through 2006

E. Muniraju*, Rajendra Mundkur & G. Renuka
Karnataka State Sericulture Research and Development Institute, Thalaghattapura, Bangalore-560 062.
Received 6th May, 2010; Revised 17th August, 2010

Abstract : The data on completed research and development (R&D) projects in sericulture in India for over 60 years (1944-2006) has been compiled. Information from 56 organizations totaling to 4716 projects, has been documented. Mulberry silkworm has been extensively studied in as many as 2147 projects followed by the work on the food plant, mulberry in 1344 projects. Non-mulberry sericulture research was carried out in 393 projects followed by the studies on silk technology (384) and sericulture extension (253). Among the institutes, Central Sericulture Research and Training Institute (CSR&TI), Mysore rank the top position with 2223 projects followed by Karnataka State Sericulture Research and Development Institute (KSSRDI), Bangalore (361), CSR&TI, Pampore (327), and CSR&TI, Berhampore (306). Universities initiated R & D projects from 1980 onwards and their priorities on sericulture R & D have been low. Scientists who have initiated work on socio-economic issues of sericulture industry during 1980s have discontinued sericulture related projects later. This information has been documented in form of a “Directory of Sericulture Projects of India”, in two volumes comprising of about 2200 pages.  The information is also available in the form of CD and has been posted in the Institute’s website:


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