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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 7, Issue:6, June, 2018

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(6): 1597-1605

Field Evaluation of Different Locally Available Mounting Materials for Their Suitability under Hilly Areas of Kashmir
Haroon Rashid*, Gulzar Ahmad Khan, Babulal and M. K. Ghosh
Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute Pampore, (J&K), India
*Corresponding author

The most important device that helps or supports the silkworm larvae for comfortable spinning of cocoons is called mountage or cocoonage and the process of transfering the mature larvae on mountage is called mounting. Even if the silkworm crop is healthy, wrong mounting methods, spinning conditions and bad type of mounting material can result in inferior or poor quality cocoons and silk yarn leading to lower income to farmers. Under temperate conditions of Kashmir due to its salubrious climate, congenial or conducive for silkworm rearing still farmers lose about 20% of their cocoon crop during mounting due to use of unsuitable or faulty mounting materials. The reelibility of cocoons also gets badly affected. For identification of feasible or suitable locally available mounting material for quality cocoon production at farmers level, a comprehensive study was carried out at Lolab area of district Kupwara lying in north of Kashmir through REC Sub Unit Bandipora during the year 2015-2016, 2016-2017. During seriposition silkworms were mounted in five different types of locally available materials viz Indigofera heterantha shoots, Pinus excelsa shoot lets, Mustard hay (Brassica compestris), Mulberry shoots and Paddy grass (Oryza sativa). The results revealed qualitative improvement in cocoon as well as reeling features when Indigofera heterantha shoots fallowed by Pinus excelsa shoot lets were used for seriposition or mounting purposes for Silkworm, Bombyx mori L. Thus suggesting their feasibility for the farmers of hilly areas of Kashmir region for better economic returns and sustenance of Sericulture industry in Kashmir.

Keywords: Silkworm, Bombyx mori L, Evaluation, Mounting materials, cocoon quality, Kashmir

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Haroon Rashid, Gulzar Ahmad Khan, Babulal and Ghosh M. K. 2018. Field Evaluation of Different Locally Available Mounting Materials for Their Suitability under Hilly Areas of Kashmir.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(6): 1597-1605. doi:
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