Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2012, Vol. 3 ›› Issue (4): 330-339.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2012.04.006

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Ecological Issues of Mulberry and Sustainable Development

QIN Jian1, HE Ningjia1, WANG Yong2, XIANG Zhonghuai1   

  1. 1 State Key Laboratory of Silkworm Genome Biology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400716, China;
    2 School of Food and Biological Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
  • Received:2012-10-09 Revised:2012-11-20 Online:2012-12-30 Published:2012-12-29
  • Supported by:

    Chongqing Science and Technology Commission (CSTC-2011AB1028).

Abstract: Mulberry is a perennial and broadleaf woody plant. Mulberry trees have long been cultivated for silkworm rearing. In recent years, the roles of mulberry trees in the prevention and control of desertification, water and soil conservation, saline-land management and returning the grain plots to forestry have been identified. Meanwhile, multi–usage of mulberry as forage for livestock, for fruit and tea preparation has been gradually explored. Therefore, an innovation occurred in the mulberry industry. This article introduces the ecological and economic values of mulberry trees, the applications of mulberry, and the development of mulberry industry.

Key words: mulberry tree, ecological role, economic value, ecological mulberry industry