Toshita Barve

Toshita Barve

Mentor

Dr. Caroline Storer

College

Florida Museum of Natural History

Major

Biology

Minor

Sociology

Organizations

SKY, Hooked to the Book Club

Academic Awards

N/A

Volunteering

International Association for Human Values

Research Interests

Lepidoptera

Hobbies and Interests

Reading

Research Project

Silk Production and Silk Fiber Quality in the Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella)

Lepidoptera have diverse uses for silk, ranging from cocoon construction to prey capture. However, most studies on silk have focused on model organisms such as the silkworm moth (Bombyx mori). I plan on studying the Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella), a grain pest that is found in Florida. The goal of this study is to look at the effects of inter-larval interactions on silk fiber quality. Inter-larval interactions are important because most P. interpunctella are reared in colonies. Understanding the impacts of larval interaction on silk production is essential for determining the genetic basis of silk diversity and will have applications in further studies of silk production and quality.