Dr. Tarali Kalita

Ph.D. :Gauhati University

Research Interests:

SERICULTURE, REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY, TOXICOLOGY

Email: taralikalita.tihu[AT]gmail.com
Joined the University in 05-October-2015.

Research Interest and Most significant research contribution:

Her research interest is mainly concerned with the detail study of sericigenous insects available in North East India. The region holds all the four varieties of silk insects-Mulberry, Eri, Muga and Tasar along with a good number of wild silk insects. It is expected that systematic study of these insects may be helpful for the conservation of silkworm biodiversity as well as for the economic empowerment of the people specially for women.

At the very beginning of her research carrier, I collected the samples and studied the morphological characters of various sericigenous insects found in Assam, India. My Ph D work is on Morphological and genetic characterization of various populations of Antheraea assamensis. The study screened out some of the population having good economic characters. The study also revealed genetic distance between the different parent populations. On the basis of that the study recommended some of the combinations between cultured and wild stocks for cross breeding programme to increase the muga raw silk production. Presently she is working on the development of a cross breed of muga silk worm. The M. Sc students under her guidance have been working on nutrients and phyto chemical contents of some indigenous traditional food of Assam.