Special Issue "Silkworm and Silk: Traditional and Innovative Applications"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect and Human Societies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Silvia Cappellozza
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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre Agriculture and Environment, Sericulture Laboratory, Padova 35143, Italy
Interests: sericulture; silkworm artificial diet; silkworm strain preservation and genetic improvement; silkworm pathology; silkworm rearing techniques and biotechnologies; silkworm for human and animal food/feeding
Prof. Dr. Morena Casartelli
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Department of Biosciences, University of Milan, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: insect midgut physiology; insect biotechnology; silkworm as a model to study tissue remodeling during insect metamorphosis and mode of action of insecticidal molecules isolated from insect natural enemies; silkworm for human and animal food/feeding
Prof. Dr. Federica Sandrelli
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Department of Biology, University of Padova, 35131 Padova, Italy
Interests: insect biotechnology; insect immune response; silkworm antimicrobial peptides (AMPs); insect circadian rhythms
Dr. Alessio Saviane
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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre Agriculture and Environment, Sericulture Laboratory, Padova 35143, Italy
Interests: sericulture; silkworm genetics and biotechnologies; silkworm microbiology; pre and probiotics; silkworm microbiota; silkworm artificial diet; insects as feed/food; silkworm transgenesis
Prof. Dr. Gianluca Tettamanti
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Department of Biotechnology and Life Sciences, University of Insubria, 21100 Varese, Italy
Interests: insect biotechnology; cell death and regeneration mechanisms in the silkworm; silkworm infection model; insect immune response; insect-mediated bioconversion of organic waste

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The silkworm, Bombyx mori, has been intensively studied since time immemorial because of its economic relevance to silk production; on the other hand, with this insect being completely domesticated, the duration and any parameters of its development can be fully controlled by regulating environmental conditions. For this reason, this insect has been increasingly becoming a useful and suitable laboratory tool for research in genetics, physiology, animal nutrition, medicine, science of materials, chemistry, etc., just to mention some of the multiple application fields. Moreover, advances related to this insect have been accelerated by the sequencing of its genome. This impressive growth of knowledge related to the silkworm has encouraged the proliferation of sericultural advances described in scientific journals dealing with different topics. Therefore, there is a need to focus again on the unity of the sericultural sciences as a group of disciplines, with the silkworm as a binding element. The scope of this Special Issue is to give a comprehensive overview of the fields and applications for which the silkworm can be exploited, and even to reinforce the link between traditional sericulture and new technological horizons. In fact, silkworm rearing techniques and preservation, strain selection and maintenance, which represent the traditional activities, are the starting basis for any innovative application. In light of these considerations, the final purpose of this Special Issue is to establish a virtual dialogue between traditional sericulture and new trends in silkworm and silk valorization.

We would like to invite a) sericulturists dealing with traditional or new applications of sericulture and b) scientists involved in research on the silkworm as a biological model, or B. mori silk as a new material, to contribute to this issue with original research, reviews, or perspective articles focusing on how sericulture can contribute to the development of science, society, medicine, the environment, and economics. Any topics related to molecular, physiological, behavioral, environmental, social, historical, and other aspects of sericulture are welcome, as are reviews attempting to unify different research topics under comprehensive trends for future development.

Dr. Silvia Cappellozza
Prof. Dr. Morena Casartelli
Prof. Dr. Federica Sandrelli
Dr. Alessio Saviane
Prof. Dr. Gianluca Tettamanti
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • genetics
  • silkworm physiology
  • silkworm pathology
  • biotechnologies applied to sericulture
  • silk utilisation and novel applications
  • biological model
  • sericultural practices
  • environmental indicator
  • silkworm as food and feed
  • precision sericulture
  • history of sericulture

Published Papers

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