Sericultural Research Institute
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences






The Sericultural Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SRICAAS) was founded in Zhenjiang City in 1951 by the integration of former Zhenjiang Sericultural Experimental Station, Zhejiang Sericultural Experimental Station, Wuxi Sericultural Experimental Station, East China Fabric Research Institute and former Department of Sericulture of Nanjing Central Agricultural Experimental Institute. In the first years it was called East China Sericultural Research Institute and was given the present name in 1957. It was authorized a second name of Jiangsu Provincial Sericultural Research Institute in 1995.

Taking mulberry, silkworm, cocoon and silk as its major research subjects, SRICAAS contributes itself to basic, applied and developmental researches of sericulture. It is focused on studying key technology for quality, high-yield and efficient sericultural production, organizing national and regional cooperative study to solve significant scientific problems in sericultural production, conducting academic exchanges at home and abroad, training graduates for master and doctoral degree, editing and publishing sericultural periodicals and theoretical monographs.

Aiming at the cutting edge of sericultural sciences and developmental strategies of sericulture, natural resources and environment and facing to the whole country and the world, SRICAAS is making effort to convert itself to an international sericultural research center.




Research and Development Division: In charge of management for research and development, international collaboration, sericultural information and administrational coordination. There are 2 high level and 4 mid-level management staff.

Financial Affairs Setion: responsible for management of financial affairs.

Department of Moriculture: The research work is focused on collection, evaluation, reservation and utilization of mulberry germplasm, breeding for good-quality mulberry varieties, high-yield and high-efficiency mulberry cultivation technology, pest and disease control, mulberry biotechnology and utilization of mulberry functional substances. There are one doctoral advisor, 5 professors and associate professors, 3 assistant professors.

Department of Silkworm Breeding and Rearing: The research is focused on collection, evaluation, reservation and utilization of silkworm germplasm, breeding for silkworm strains of high-quality and for special use, identification of silkworm strains, silkworm genomics, development of new technology of breeding, high-quality and high-efficiency silkworm rearing technology and instruments. There are one doctoral advisor, 11 professors and associate professors, 9 assistant professors.

Department of Silkworm Physiology and Pathology: The main research subjects include silkworm pathology, development of techniques and chemicals and disinfectants for silkworm disease control, silkworm physiology, non-fabric utilization of silkworm. There are 2 doctoral advisors, 9 professors and associate professors and 5 assistant professors.

Sericultural Information Center: Editing and publishing sericultural periodicals, Sciences of Sericulture and China Sericulture. There are 4 senior editors.

Key Laboratory of Silkworm Biotechnology, Ministry of Agriculture: Founded in 1996, the laboratory is focused on biotechnology of silkworm and mulberry, molecular biology of silkworm viruses and silkworm bioreactor. There are 2 doctoral advisors, 4 professors and associate professors, 1 assistant professors, 4 visiting scholars, 6 doctoral fellow and graduate students.
Quality Inspection Center for Sericultural Products, Ministry of Agriculture: Established in 2001, it was the first of its kind in China. The research work is focused on quality test of sericultural products, development of technology and standard for quality test. There are one doctoral advisor, 5 professors and associate professors, 2 associate professors.


Germplasm resources: collection, evaluation, reservation and utilization of germplasm resources of mulberry and silkworm.

Genetics and breeding of mulberry and silkworm: genetics of mulberry, breeding of mulberry varieties for different ecological environment and for different utilization; genetics of silkworm, breeding of silkworm strains for spring rearing, summer-autumn rearing and of different filament size, breeding for disease-resistant silkworm varieties.

Pest and disease control of mulberry and silkworm: causes for occurrence of pests and diseases of silkworm and mulberry, their epidemiology, control methods and technology.

Practical technology of sericultural production: high-yield and good-quality mulberry cultivation technology, high-quality and high-efficiency silkworm rearing technology.

Comprehensive utilization of active materials of mulberry and silkworm: Utilization of mulberry leaves and mulberry fruits, functional utilization of silk powder and silkworm powder.

Biotechnology and silkworm bioreactor: mulberry tissue culture and transgenic mulberry, functional genomics of silkworm, transgenic silkworm, expression of foreign genes with baculovirus vector expression system, molecular mark assisted breeding of mulberry and silkworm.

Quality test of sericultural products: standard and technology for quality test of silkworm eggs, cocoons, raw silk and mulberry seedlings.


The institute has currently a number of national key research projects, including the National High-Tech R&D programme (863 programme), National Key Technologies R&D programme, NSFC projects. Some researches are also supported by local government, such as Jiangsu Province.

The institute has published a total of more than 3000 papers and 50 monographs and symposia. It has won more than 90 prizes of various kinds and grades, including 16 national prizes such as National Prize for Invention, National Prize for Science and Technology Progress.


The institute has developed more than 50 new products, such as mulberry varieties, silkworm varieties, chemicals and disinfectants for silkworm disease-control, pesticides for mulberry and instruments for silkworm rearing. Of them, six were entrusted with invention patent and practical patent.

The institute has established exchange and collaboration programmes of various forms with sericultural institutions of more than 30 countries, such as Japan, India, Brazil, Korea, Thailand, Pakistan, Kirghizia, Kenya and more than 10 international organizations such as FAO, ISC, ISA. It has held 20 batches of international training classes for sericulture. One professor has worked with FAO as a sericulture consultant and some others were sent to foreign countries for sericultural consultancy.


Currently there are total 112 staff members in the institute. Among them, 14 are professors and 29 are associate professors. 39 percent of them hold doctoral or master degree. They distributed in 18 research groups subjected to six laboratories and centers.

The institute is qualified to enroll doctor degree and master degree students in the field of sericulture sciences. So far, 14 doctoral graduates and 56 master graduates have graduated from the institute.


The institute posses the following facilities:
Complex experimental building 6000M2;
Temperature-controlled silkworm rearing rooms 6000 M2;
National mulberry germplasm reservation garden, reserving 1923 mulberry germplasm;
Silkworm germplasm reservation center, reserving more than 700 silkworm germplasm;
National breeding center for mulberry and silkworm is to be constructed;
Laboratory for silkworm pathology 900 M2;
Workshop for manufacturing silkworm disease-controlling disinfectants 1140 M2;
Mulberry fields for silkworm rearing 20 hectares;
Cold-storage for silkworm eggs 1360 M2 with storing capacity of 300,000 boxes;
Instruments for silkworm rearing, breeding, germplasm reservation and equipment for researches on pathology, molecular biology, genetic engineering and bioreactor of silkworm and mulberry.
The following academic societies and scientific journals are affiliated with the institute:

Chinese Society of Sericultural Sciences (CSSS)

Sciences of Sericulture ( quarterly)

China Sericulture ( quarterly)



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