EFFECT OF THE NUTRITIONAL FORTIFICATION OF NANOPARTICLES OF RIBOFLAVIN ON THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF MULBERRY SILKWORM, BOMBYXMORI L.
The freshly collected mulberry leaves were smeared with solutions of nanoparticles of riboflavin a vitamin (B2) in different concentrations. The enriched leaves were air dried. The fifth instar larvae of mulberry silkworm Bombyxmori L. were fed with enriched leaves thrice a day. Feeding parameters,Food conversion efficiency, growth and economic characters were studied and recorded. Supplementation of nanoparticles of vitamin B2 showed a positive impact and significantly enhanced the growth of the larvae (28.985%), silk gland weight (111.392%) and silk yield (194.44%) when compared to control. So vitamin B2 nanoparticles can be used as a fortification agent for improving the silk production.
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