Local researchers make silkworms produce coloured silk
SINGAPORE: Local researchers have found a way to make silkworms produce coloured silk - a method that bypasses the traditional silk-dyeing step and is also more environmentally-friendly. The silkworms' diet is mixed with mulberry powder and a special coloured substance. Once digested, the silkworms start producing coloured silk, forming cocoons that also glow in the dark. Eight scientists, from Agency for Science, Technology and Research, have been working on this process since 2009. They say the new process saves water and uses less resources than traditional silk production methods. Researchers are also looking at how the technnology can be used in medicine in the future.