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Sericultural Germplasm Resources Centre (CSGRC), Hosur is the premier
centre under Central Silk Board for conservation and utilization of
Seri-biodiversity in the country. The centre is also recognized as a
National Active Germplasm Site (NAGS) for mulberry by National Bureau of
Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi and for silkworm by National
Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources (NBAIR), Bangalore.
mapping, collection, characterization and conservation of mulberry and
silkworm in different geographical regions of India have been given
greater inputs by CSGRC which involves activities including ensuring the
representation of maximum diversity in the ex situ collections,
pest-free conservation, characterization, evaluation, maintenance of
active collections and documentation. Effective utilization of these
genetic resources in crop improvement programmes rests mainly on its
systematic characterization and evaluation, and identification of
potentially useful germplasm high yield, alkaline and saline stress
tolerance, water and nitrogen use efficiency. CSGRC has been constantly
carrying out research and development to equip serigenetic resources
management activities employing both field plantation and
biotechnological means of conservation through cryopreservation.
Scientific aspects of seri-genetic resources management such as analysis
of genetic diversity, genetic integrity, population structure, species
relationships, identification of trait specific promising accessions
employing traditional and biochemical and molecular markers have also
been carried out.
to reach CSGRC :
CSGRC situated nearby TVS Nagar, next to State Sericulture Farm, Tamil Nadu on Thally Road just 3.5 KM distance from Hosur Bus Stand and 3 KM from Hosur Railway Station.
total of 1269 mulberry accessions ( Indigenous - 999 and Exotic -270)
are conserved in the ex situ field gene bank with recommended
updated on 02-05-2016