The Silkworm-An Attractive BioResource Supplied by Japan

  • BANNO Yutaka
    Institute of Genetic Resources, Graduate School of Bioresources and Bioenvironmental Science, Kyushu University
  • SHIMADA Toru
    Department of Agricultural and Environmental Biology, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo
  • KAJIURA Zenta
    Bioresource and Environmental Science Division of Applied Biology, Shinshu University
  • SEZUTSU Hideki
    Transgenic Silkworm Research Center, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences

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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.<br>


  • Experimental Animals

    Experimental Animals 59 (2), 139-146, 2010

    Japanese Association for Laboratory Animal Science

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