Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Researchers in UK develop viruses to save muga silkworm
Researchers in UK develop viruses to save muga silkworm
Jan '16
Researchers at the University of Leicester in Britain have claimed to develop viruses that could protect the Muga silkworm from succumbing to bacterial infections and stop the rapid decline in the population of the 'Muga' caterpillar which produces one of the finest silks in the world.

Over the recent years, there has been a reported decline in the Muga moth population due bacterial infections attributed to eating of infected leaves, an agency report said.

It quoted Dr Mahananda Chutia, a visiting academic from Assam at the University, saying that "As well as its silk trade, Assam is known for its tea and farmers often spray pesticides to protect the tea leaves - these sprays are thought to have reached the silkworms and have weakened them.

"In our model system at Leicester, we have found that the consumption of phages (viruses) by caterpillars is a very effective method of preventing bacterial diseases," said Dr Chutia who is an Indian Government employee.

Dr Chutia has tested his research on common white wax worms, as Muga caterpillars cannot survive in the UK. He is scheduled to return to Assam by the end of January and begin to test the viruses by spraying them on to the leaves the caterpillars eat.

The University claimed that if the research proved successful on Muga caterpillars, it would provide relief to thousands of farmers in Assam, who rear muga caterpillars for their unique golden silk thread. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 25th Oct 2016

Arvind to dilute 10% stake in brand business arm

Arvind Limited, one of India’s largest integrated textile and apparel ...

Courtesy: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Textiles | On 25th Oct 2016

World’s first cotton shipment using Skuchain’s Brackets

The world’s first trade transaction involving shipment of cotton...

Textiles | On 25th Oct 2016

Cotton yield to increase to 568.29 kg/ha in 2016-17: CAB

At its first meeting for the cotton season 2016-17, the Cotton...

Interviews View All

Smita Murarka

‘There is huge demand in the Indian lingerie market for non-wired styles.’

Saket Garg
Garg Corporation

The biggest challenge is lack of skilled workforce and competition from...

Vidhyaa Shankar. S
A Ganapathi Chettiar

'The usage of knits is getting into the boundaries of woven fabrics'

Marcel Alberts

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Mohammad Hassan
Biax Fiberfilm

About one in every 20 patients picks up an infection while hospitalised....

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer Prathyusha Garimella is known for blending...

Robert Brunner

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

October 2016

October 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search