16 - 25 November 2019

Maria Aparecida Fernandez
Professor at the State University of Maringá, Parana, Brazil, and Coordinator of the group of participants of the Seda Project in Brazil

Daniel Caligari
Student of the Biological Sciences Course at the State University of Maringá, Parana, Brazil, and member of a scientific initiation project of Professor Maria Aparecida Fernandez


Study visit to the "Triennial Congress of the International Sericulture Commission (ISC)", in Tsukuba, to deepen the knowledge on cellular and molecular biology in the sericulture industry

Description of the visit:

The participation of those involved in the Seda Project in the triennial Congress of the International Sericulture Commission (ISC) provided a very important opportunity for scientists, students and cocoon production engineers to share the latest research in the field of sericulture and silk, including silkworms, mulberry trees, post cocoon technology, virology, silk processing, economics, etc. The meeting of delegates from silk-producing and consuming countries was very beneficial for those in silk related businesses to promote economic and trade relations.


To learn and get to know the latest global scientific advances in the area of cellular and molecular biology studied in the "silkworm" model insect and in the sericulture industry. This knowledge would have future uses in the improvement of silkworm breeding and in the process of obtaining cocoons, thus contributing to the specific objectives of the SEDA Project.

Institutions visited:

  • Tomioka Silk Factory
  • Japanese Silk Centre
  • Immuno-Biological Laboratories Co. Ltd.
  • Daruma-ji Temple

Attended events:

"The 25th International Congress on Sericulture & Silk Industry - Silk beyond the Textile", Tsukuba International Congress Centre EPOCHAL, Tsukuba, JAPAN

Main products:

  • Contact list
  • Study Visit Report


The participation in the 25th International Congress on Sericulture & Silk Industry allowed making contact with research institutes in science and technology, as well as companies and enterprises related to sericulture that will be very valuable for the entities participating in the Silk Project. The meeting provided updated knowledge on the main scientific advances in studies carried out with silkworms, which extend beyond sericulture and the sale of silk-based tissues to applications in genetic engineering, tissue engineering and cell adhesion, medicine, nanoengineering for the use of medicines and food preservation with the use of sericin protein.