Defoliators Infestation of Mulberry Plant (Morus Alba L) and Its Damages and Management: A Review

Jyoti Prasad Baruah, Jyotismita Saikia


Sericulture is an agro-based industry and as well as it is one of the important branches of agriculture entomology. This industry produces four types of silk such as mulberry, muga, eri and tassar. Among these mulberry silk having great demand in the world agriculture market. This mulberry silk is produced by the mulberry silkworm, Bombyx mori (Order: Lepidoptera & family: Bombycidae). Mulberry silkworm (Bombyx mori) feeds only the mulberry (Morus alba L) plant. During the cultivation of mulberry silkworm (Bombyx mori) host plants play a very important role for complete successful rearing. But various insect pests infestation the host plant very badly. Among these, defoliators are the major insect pest for the mulberry plant. They affect the various part of the plant such as the leaf, bud, stem, etc. Infested plants stop the growth and decreased leaf production. As well as affected leaves are not suitable for silkworm bodies. This review mainly focuses on defoliators (Order: Lepidoptera, Orthoptera, Coleoptera) of the mulberry plant, their damages, and management.


Sericulture, Lepidoptera, defoliator, Bombyx mori, damage, pest, light trap

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