National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, National Food Research Institute (NIAS) Confirms Unique Properties of Mulberry Leaves.Tokyo, Japan, Jan 24, 2006 - (JCN) - The National Institute of Agrobiological ag·ro·bi·ol·o·gy
The study of plant nutrition and growth in relation to soil conditions, especially to determine ways to increase crop yields.
ag Sciences (NIAS Nias (nē`äs), volcanic island (1990 pop. 588,543), 1,842 sq mi (4,771 sq km), Indonesia, in the Indian Ocean, off Sumatra. Most of the population are descended from the Niah people; their economy is largely agricultural. ) announced on January 23 that it has discovered unique properties of mulberry leaves, which are commonly used as feed for silkworms, in collaboration with the National Food Research Institute.
Their recent research showed that juice extracted from mulberry leaves has strong toxicity and tolerance to insects except silkworms. Further, the juice contains a significant amount of sugar analog alkaloids alkaloids,
n alkaline phytochemicals that contain nitrogen in a heterocyclic ring structure. They can have powerful pharmacological effects and are more often used in traditional medicine than in herbal treatments. that inhibit sugar metabolism. These results indicate that silkworms have skillfully adapted to the defense mechanism of mulberry leaves.
NIAS expects that these findings will shed light on physiologically active substances derived from plants, which have much potential for pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.
Details of the research will be published in the online version of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, usually referred to as PNAS, is the official journal of the United States National Academy of Sciences. (PNAS PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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