Role of Plant: Microbe Interactions in the Sustainable Development of Muga Sericulture

  • Bala Gopalan Unni
  • Basabrani Devi
  • Yelena Kakoty
  • Sawlang Borsingh Wann
  • Archana Borah
  • Pallavi Dowarah


In recent decades, increased agricultural production leads to intensive use of agrochemicals. This has affected the ecosystem stability. Biological control is one such alternative which supplements the use of chemical fertilizer, prevents the plant diseases, and promotes the health of the plants. In Muga sericulture, a Som plant (Machilus bombycina) is used as primary host plants of Muga silkworm (Antheraea assama, Helfer). A study has been made to improve the quality and quantity production of silk fiber using bacteria as a biocontrol agent and production of antibacterial peptides using Muga silkworm as a model insect for the control of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a causative agent of flacherie disease in Muga silkworm. This study could be exploited in improvement of silk production and biocontrol of flacherie disease.


Antibacterial Activity Antibacterial Peptide Micrococcus Luteus Antibacterial Protein Insect Defensin 
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The authors are thankful to Dr. P. G. Rao, Director, North-East Institute of Science & Technology (CSIR), Jorhat, Assam (India), for the support and encouragements and the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India for the support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bala Gopalan Unni
    • 1
  • Basabrani Devi
    • 1
  • Yelena Kakoty
    • 1
  • Sawlang Borsingh Wann
    • 1
  • Archana Borah
    • 1
  • Pallavi Dowarah
    • 1
  1. 1.Biotechnology DivisionNorth-East Institute of Science & Technology (CSIR)JorhatIndia

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