Silk industry wastes containing
large quantities of waste pupae can
be used as poultry feed, according to
researchers of the Department of
Chemistry, Cotton College, Guwahati. The scientists have shown that
waste muga (a wild silk obtained
from the cocoon of an Assamese
moth) pupae in dry form is rich in animal protein.
A mixture prepared from raw muga pupae and its deoiled form compares well with conventional fish meal as a rich source of protein. It is found to significantly increase the growth rate of chicken, which also retained more nitrogen compared to those fed on fish meal. (PTI Science Service)
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