Trace element nutrition of the silkwormBombyx mori L.

II. Relationship between cobalt, vitamin B12, benzimidazole and purines
  • S. Sridhara
  • J. V. Bhat

DOI: 10.1007/BF03052023

Cite this article as:
Sridhara, S. & Bhat, J.V. Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences - Section B (1966) 63: 17. doi:10.1007/BF03052023


Benzimidazole is toxic to silkworms due to its antagonistic action to purines. Cobalt and copper possess the capacity to reverse its toxicity because of their ability to form complexes with benzimidazole. For reasons unknown cobalt exerts a favourable effect in its free form rather than in the vitamin form on the insect growth.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Sridhara
    • 1
  • J. V. Bhat
    • 1
  1. 1.Fermentation Technology LaboratoryIndian Institute of ScienceBangalore-12India

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