Product Diversification and Bi-Product Utilization in Sericulture
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Product Diversification and Bi-Product Utilization in Sericulture

Nithin Kundachira Subramani (The National Institute of Engineering, India), Kallahalli Nagendra Madhusudhan (Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute, India), Sachhidananda Shivanna (Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, India), Aabid Khaliq Tantry Tantry (SKUAST-Kashmir, India) and Harshith N (JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, India)
Pages: 300|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7575-8
ISBN13: 9781799875758|ISBN10: 179987575X|EISBN13: 9781799875772|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799875765


Lately, the rural agro-based sericulture industry has moved beyond the mere production of textile significant silk to the supply of food supplements and biocompatible matrices of pharmaceutical interest. This is due to the massive quantum of bi-product generated in the sericulture sector and its allied suitability towards numerous commercial exploits. To name a few, silkworm powders were explored for reducing blood glucose levels, mulberry shoot extracts are used as adhesives, mulberry fruit extracts are tried as fabric dyes, roots as therapeutic agents, silk extracts as cosmetics, pupae oil as a moisturizer and skin-nourishing agent, and so forth. Going forward, the potential of two significant silk proteins (sericin and fibroin) as tissue regenerating bio-materials, wound healing bio-adhesives, ultra-violet screening cosmetics and bio-active fabric deodorants illustrate the rich diversity of sericulture based commercial exploits. In simpler terms, the sericulture sector could now be transformed into a multi-functional industry via thoughtful value addition to secondary products and appropriate waste management. Also, the effectiveness of such a holistic utilization of bi-products demand, exhaustively utility knowledge, and allied optimizations. Which in-turn would place this sector on a sound footing, thereby bettering farmer's income. Nevertheless, to achieve further insights and awareness among various sericulture stakeholders on value addition and bi-product utilization asks for more applied research, publicity, and marketing avenues, together with comprehensive literature with the latest developments. Accordingly, this book is aimed towards offering comprehensive literature on the latest developments in value-added bi-product utilization in sericulture.

This book offers comprehensive literature on the latest developments in sericulture with special emphasis on numerous diversification opportunities and their allied value additions. The said contribution would enable the researchers, scientists, engineers, and academicians to further understand and utilize various combinations of versatile propertied bi-products of sericulture for various commercial applications. Further, such comprehensive literature would also aid innovators, business owners, and/or entrepreneurs towards the possible conversion of research-based knowledge into value-added commercial ventures.

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