Influence of temperature on the free amino acids contents in the fat body of multivoltine mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori Linn.
SK Gupta, KP Gaur and VB Upadhyay
Published studies of silks focus on processed fibres or the optimum conditions for their production consequently the effect of temperature on the biochemical properties of cocoon are either poorly understood or kept as closely guarded industrial secrets. Present investigation inferred that the total free amino acids content in the fat body has been influenced significantly by varying temperature. The maximum level 28.44 µg/mg of free amino acids was noticed in the fat body obtained from the pupae reared at 26 °C while minimum 10.12 µg/mg levels was recorded in the fat body of adult Bombyx mori at 14 °C.