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Climate Impacts on the Silkworm Life Cycle


As an Undergraduate teacher of Biological Sciences or Agricultural Sciences , you can use this set of computer based tools to teach about mulberry silkworm rearing, silk production and the economical impact of climate change on the sericulture industry. This lesson plan will allow you to teach about the life cycle of the mulberry silk worm, Bombyx mori and their artificial rearing for commercial silk production and its management.

This Lesson Plan would further help in better learning and understanding the process of silk production and the impact of climate change (such as temperature changes due to global warming, relative humidity fluctuations, CO₂ levels and other environmental changes) on silk productivity. Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Biological Sciences and Agricultural Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Learn about the life cycle of the Mulberry silkworm, Bombyx mori.
  2. Learn the process of silkworm rearing and silk production.
  3. Discuss the effect of climate change and its implication on silk production and sericulture industry

Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Dr. Rita Rath (Dyal Singh College), Dr. Neeraja Sood (Dyal Singh College), and Dr. Nisha Vashishta (Miranda House).

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