The tropical tasar silkworm, Antheraea mylitta, polyphagous sericigenous insect mostly found in the tropical areas of India. It is found in these regions as ecotypes or ecoraces. It feeds primarily on plants, a variety of secondary plants like Terminalia arjuna and T. tomentosa. Tasar culture is a traditional livelihood for lakhs of tribal populace in the areas of Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. In the present study, the genetic diversity of these ecoraces is identified by DNA markers, namely simple sequence repeats (SSRs), most of which produced polymorphic bands.
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