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Tikader A.,Central Silk Board | Saha R.K.,Research Extension Center | Chattopadhaya S.,Regional Muga Research Station | Biswas N.,Research Extension Center
Indian Silk | Year: 2012

Muga culture hitherto restricted to Assam, is being popularized in the areas with similar climatic conditions like Coochbehar of West Bengal which is endowed with food plantations in the forest areas, with the focus on augmentation of food plantation and creation of infrastructure under CDP in the last two Plans. The article presents the scenario of muga culture and the developmental activities initiated in the area that have started yielding encouraging results.

Singh G.R.,Regional Muga Research Station | Kiran Kumar K.R.,Central Tasar Research and Training Institute | Sinha A.K.,Central Tasar Research and Training Institute
Indian Silk | Year: 2012

Virosis caused by CPV is causing higher mortality in tasar culture. Different preventive methods presently adopted are having their own limitations as tasar culture is done outdoors. CTR&TI, Ranchi has come out with a botanical formulation "Jeevan Sudha", the lab and field trials of which have shown promising results in effectively controlling the disease.

Sahu A.K.,Regional Muga Research Station
Indian Silk | Year: 2010

The bamboo mountage was fabricated adopting the principle and design of the box type mountage, at the cost of Rs.550. The bamboo mountages were supplied to Research Extension Centers located at North Lakhimpur, Assam; Coochbehar, West Bengal; Tura, and West Garo Hills, Meghalaya for assessing its performance at farmer's level. The procedure involves maintaining at least 3 replications of the bamboo mountage and the control for comparison and keeping the bamboo mountage vertically for overnight after mounting the silkworms, for equal distribution in the chamber. About 90.18% of space in the spinning hall could be saved in case of the bamboo mountage for mounting 1000 worms as compared to Jail. Bamboo mountage eliminates the escape of worms unlike Jali. The ripe worms can easily find anchorage for spinning without wasting silk; thus, forming quality cocoons with higher rate of cocooning.

Tikader A.,Regional Muga Research Station | Gogoi A.K.,Regional Muga Research Station | Phukan J.C.D.,Research Extension Center
Indian Silk | Year: 2012

Meghalaya, ideally endowed with the conducive climatic conditions for muga culture has the culture of sericulture and silk, as its heritage. Of late, thrust has been given on creation of required infrastructure and skill development. Presented here is a detailed profile of the muga culture in the state.

Sahu A.K.,Regional Muga Research Station | Bindroo B.B.,Regional Sericultural Research Station | Gogol P.R.,Regional Muga Research Station
Indian Silk | Year: 2010

A comparison of complete indoor rearing performance of four wild genetic stocks of muga silkworm during December-January 2007 with the outdoor rearing during the same period is discussed. During the Jarua pre-seed crop 951 dfls were brushed on Soalu plants after adopting all recommended prophylactic measures starting from pre-treatment of plants and maintenance of hygienic conditions in the rearing field. The disinfected Soalu leaves / twigs were allowed to surface dry and placed in wide mouthed earthen pots filled with sand upto 2/3 level and water. The pot with the Soalu twig and the worms thereon were covered with a perforated polythene cubicle till second instar, only to maintain optimum relative humidity level. ERR was recorded as 80.77%, 67.75%, 69.72% and 61% in Aa00-1, Aa00-2, Aa00-3 and Aa00-4, respectively with a larval period of 38 days as against 45-50 days in general outdoor rearing during the Jarua crop. Muscardine incidence was not recorded in the indoor reared worms.

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