The silkworm-an attractive bioresource supplied by Japan

Yutaka Banno, Toru Shimada, Zenta Kajiura, Hideki Sezutsu

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-146
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Animals
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 20 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • veterinary(all)

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