(As on 18.12.2020)

Year: 2020-2021
Sl No. Project Code & Title
PI of the Project
Total Budget (in Lakh Rs)
Expected Outcome


AIB 02006 MI: Improvement of Nistari lines for survival and Silk productivity

Dr. Thangjam Ranjita Devi, Sci-B

June 2020 - May 2024

1. To develop Nistari lines for improved survival and silk productivity

2.To evaluate improved Nistari crossbreeds for productivity traits


The improved lines of Nistari would be utilized for commercial exploitation through NSSO and DOS-West Bengal and other concerned agencies to multiply further for sustaining productivity and quality of Nistari Crossbreeds silk


PIB 02007 SI:  Improvement of mulberry leaf longevity in eastern & north eastern states of India

Dr. Deepika Kumar Umesh, Sci-B

June 2020 - May 2024

1. To understand hormonal regulation of senescence in mulberry genotypes 

2. To determine stay-green traits for improved mulberry leaf longevity


The formulation evolved for improving mulberry leaf longevity would be evaluated through large scale field trials with the farmers and the product would be commercialized


AIT 02008 SI:  Identification of high humidity tolerant silkworm breeds/ hybrids for Eastern & North-Eastern India

Dr. Raviraj V.S., Scientist-B

June 2020 - May 2024

1. To identify gene markers linked to humidity-tolerance

2. To develop silkworm breeds/hybrids tolerant to high temperature and high humidity

3. To popularize hardy bivoltine silkworm hybrids in Eastern and North Eastern region


1.Gene markers linked to humidity-tolerance in silkworms

2. Silkworm breeds/hybrids tolerant to high temperature and high humidity


AIB 02009 MI:  Authorization trials of silkworm hybrid, 12Y x BFC1 in Eastern and North-Eastern India

Dr. Anil Kumar Verma, Scientist-D

August 2020 - July 2022

To evaluate the newly developed Multi x Bi hybrid, 12Y x BFC1 for generating data for hybrid authorization with the farmers in Eastern & North Eastern India.


The new hybrid, 12Y x BFC1 would be useful in improving silk productivity and quality in Eastern & North Eastern region across the seasons

AIB01009MI: Evaluation of New Bivoltine Double Hybrid, TT21 X TT56 at Farmers Level for Authorization for Commercial Exploitation (Coll. of CSRTI - Mysore)
Dr. N. Chandrakanth, Scientist-C
Apr, 2020 - Mar, 2023
To evaluate the performance of bivoltine hybrid, TT21 x TT56 in field for productivity and silk quality
After authorization, hybrid TT21 x TT56 would be commercialized to increase quality raw silk production
AIE06002MI: Evaluation of Bivoltine Silkworm Genetic Resources for Tolerance to Abiotic Stress in Selected Hotspots (Coll. of CSGRC - Hosur)
Dr. N. Chandrakanth, Scientist-C
Apr 2020 – Mar 2023

1. To screen and select bivoltine germplasm resources with presence of markers linked to thermo tolerance.

2. To evaluate selected bivoltine germplasm resources against abiotic stress and identify suitable bivoltine breeds to target selected hot spots

Identification of Bivoltine Genetic Resource hybrids
AIT 08005MI: Development and evaluation of Bidensovirus resistant silkworm hybrids developed from marker assisted breeding lines-Phase II (Coll. of SBRL- Kodathi)
Dr. K. Rahul, Scientist-C
Mar, 2020 - Feb, 2023

1. Evaluation of BmBDV resistant lines/hybrids at respective locations with virus exposure studies hybrids

2. BmBDV marker inheritance analysis in hybrids

3. Maintenance of BmBDV lines at breeding units with MAS

Identification of Bidensovirus resistant silkworm hybrids
BPP 05014 CN: Standardization of processing & production of consumable beverage from mulberry leaves & blending with green tea (AAU & TTRI-Assam)
Dr. P. Kumaresan, Scientist-C
Mar, 2020 - June, 2021

1. Standardization  of  protocol  for  preparation  of  mulberry  leaf  for production  of  mulberry  beverage  &  mulberry  green  tea (blending of green tea with mulberry).

2. Standardization of protocol for blending of processed mulberry leaf with green tea for value addition.

3.Evaluation of biochemical and organoleptic properties and customer’s acceptance of the products


Development of standardized protocol for preparation of mulberry leaf for production of  Beverage  with Mulberry leaf and Mulberry Green Tea (mulberry leaf mixed with green tea)


Year: 2019-2020
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AIC 02004 CN:   Molecular characterization and assessment of the efficacy of low molecular weight peptides isolated from mulberry leaf against flacherie disease of silkworm
(in collaboration with UNB, Siliguri).

Dr. Pooja Makwana, Sci-C
May, 2019 - May, 2022

1. Purification and characterization of identified potential peptide(s) using HPLC – MS based approach

2. Assessment of protection potential of identified low molecular weight peptide fractions against pathogen(s) of Flacherie

3. Validation of disease suppression ability and silkworm quality parameters by the synthesized specific peptide.

Potential low molecular weight peptide will be utilised in effective doses determined against pathogens of flacherie disease in silkworm
PRP 02 003 SI:  Studies on the management of mulberry root rot disease in Eastern and North Eastern India.

Dr. Anil Pappachan, Sci-C

May, 2019 - May, 2021

To validate effective mulberry root rot management practices under field conditions.


The study is expected to bring out an effective management for root rot of mulberry at farmers’ field in Eastern and North Eastern

PIE 02002 SI: Evaluation of performance of mulberry genotypes C-9 under red and laterite soils.

Dr. K. Suresh, Sci.-C

July, 2019 – June, 2023

To assess the performance of c-9 under red & lateritic soils of Eastern and North-Eastern India


Mulberry genotype suitable for cultivation under Red & lateritic soils will be assessed

PRP 08 002 MI: Identification of candidate genes based powdery mildew resistance for utilization in disease resistance breeding in mulberry.

(Coll. project of SBRL, Kodathi).


Dr. K. Suresh, Sci.-C

May 2019 – May 2022

1. To identify powdery mildew susceptibility genes Mildew Resistance Locus O (MLO) from mulberry.

2. To screen powdery mildew resistant mulberry genotypes for an association of non-functional mutation in the candidate MLO gene with disease resistance.

3. Validation of caps marker for chalcone synthase gene involved in powdery mildew resistance in diverse germplasm accessions/segregating progenies.


Establishment of experimental plot with for screening powdery mildew

PPA 02005SI: Optimization of spacing and nutrient dose for newly developed high yielding mulberry variety (C-2038) under irrigated condition

Dr. R Mahesh, Sci.-C

Oct, 2019 - Sep, 2023

To find out the optimum spacing and level of fertilizer for higher leaf productivity and better leaf quality under irrigated condition for the high yielding mulberry variety, C-2038.


Package of practices for mulberry variety, C-2038

AICEM: All India Co-ordinated Experimental Trial for Mulberry Varieties- Phase IV
Dr. K. Suresh, Sci-C
Apr, 2019-Mar, 2025
To identify and authorize suitable mulberry varieties for commercial use in different agro-climatic mulberry cultivation zones of India
New mulberry varieties suitable for E&NE


Year: 2018-2019

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PIB-3627: Development of superior mulberry (Morus spp.) genotypes through Polyclonal Seed Orchard

Mr Yallappa Harijan, Sci-B

June 2018 to May 2021

1. To establish Polyclonal seed orchard for creating enormous genetic variability.

2. To identify promising mulberry seedlings for further utilization.


1. The Polyclonal Seed Orchard (PSO) will be established for creating enormous genetic variability.

2. Promising mulberry genotypes with desired traits will be identified for their future utilization.


2 ARP-3630: Development of room and silkworm bed disinfectant through screening of potential chemicals
Dr. K. Rahul, Sci-C
June 2018 to May 2021

1. To screen several potential chemicals based on their efficacy of controlling microbial diseases.

2. To develop a broad spectrum room disinfectant for eradication of pathogens causing diseases in silkworm

3. To develop a silkworm bed disinfectant comprising of compatible disinfectant chemicals having synergistic action in controlling all microbial diseases of silkworm, specially grasserie (nuclear polyhedrosis).

This project envisages development of a cost effective and user-friendly a new room disinfectant and a bed disinfectant which acts strongly against all the pathogens and specially against Bombyx mori Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus (BmNPV) which causes the maximum damage.
3 PRE02001SI: Management of pink mealy bug Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Green)   of mulberry with barrier System
Dr. P. Kumaresan, Sci-C
July 2018  to  June 2021

1. To increase the silk production by reducing the mulberry crop loss due to infestation of pink mealy bug.     

2. To find out the minimum strategy to combat against mealy bug without adverse effect on environment.

As the mealy bug is still not fully controlled in mulberry it is envisaged that this project with a new strategy will contribute to the management of mealy bug through IPM. The project also envisages a suitable package for control of mealy bug both chemically and mechanically. Materials used are easily available to adopt the technology with minimum budget which will emerge as a user friendly technology.  The sericulture farmers will be benefited by acquiring a mealy bug free mulberry field which in turn yield more mulberry leaves and ultimately increase the return of the farmers as well as the raw silk production in national level.


Year: 2016-2017

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AIB-3602: Development of thermo-tolerant bivoltine breeds / hybrids of silkworm, Bombyx mori through marker assisted selection.

Dr. N. Chandrakanth, Sci-C

Nov., 16 to Oct., 2021

1. Identification of DNA markers (SSR / ISSR) linked to thermotolerance.

2. Development of thermotolerant bivoltine silkworm breeds / hybrids through DNA marker assisted selection and their evaluation.



1. Hardy bivoltine silkworm hybrids suitable for rearing throughout the year including summer season of the tropics will be developed.

2. DNA markers (SSR / ISSR) linked to thermotolerance will be identified and will be applied in the breeding program.