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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 Sciences (NIAS) 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 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 (PNAS) to be released during the 4th week of January.

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