Research Biotica, Volume 1, Issue 1 : 23-30. Doi : 10.54083/ResBio.1.1.2019.23-30
Research Article

Published on : 28-Dec-2019

Effect of Nutritional Fortification of Nanoparticles of Riboflavin on the Growth and Development of Mulberry Silkworm, Bombyx mori L.

  • M. Kamala
  • Dept. of Zoology, Government Arts College (Autonomous), Karur, Tamil Nadu (639 005), India
  • A. Karthikeyan
  • Dept. of Zoology, Government Arts College (Autonomous), Karur, Tamil Nadu (639 005), India

Abstract

The freshly collected mulberry leaves were smeared with solutions of nanoparticles of riboflavin a vitamin (B2) in different concentrations. The enriched leaves were air dried. The fifth instar larvae of mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori L. were fed with enriched leaves thrice a day. Feeding parameters,Food conversion efficiency, growth and economic characters were studied and recorded. Supplementation of nanoparticles of vitamin B2 showed a positive impact and significantly enhanced the growth of the larvae (28.985%), silk gland weight (111.392%) and silk yield (194.44%) when compared to control. So vitamin B2 nanoparticles can be used as a fortification agent for improving the silk production.

Keywords

Riboflavin, nanoparticles, enrichment, silk glands

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