Off the silk route
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CTA. 2003. Off the silk route. Spore 103. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/47854
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Mulberry for animal production FAO Animal Production and Health Papers, 2002. 346 pp. ISBN 9251045682 US$ 22 Euro 20.40
The mulberry (Morus spp.) is well known as a major food source for the silkworm (Bombyx mori) and so most people associate the tree with silk production. It has been used for that for ages and, as such, is one of the oldest domesticated trees in the world. Its foliage is usually fed to animals as a by-product, and it is only in the past two decades that research has started to focus on cultivation specifically for animal feed. Some small farmers in eastern Africa, mainly in Tanzania and Kenya, harvest the foliage from mulberry trees as part of the diet offered to ruminants. Its nutritive value is well recognised, but this has not led to much planting of mulberry trees. The articles in Mulberry for animal production were first used in an electronic conference the first on the topic held in mid-2000. The topics covered include germplasm resources in various countries, agronomic issues, chemical composition, nutritive value and animal performance. This is not a How to cultivate mulberry trees book, but it recounts various experiences around the world. A good introduction if you are considering embracing the mulberry. Mulberry for animal production FAO Animal Production and Health Papers, 2002. 346 pp. ISBN 9251045682 US$ 22 Euro 20.40 FAO Sales and Marketing Group Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy Fax: +39 06 5705 3360 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org