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(kăv`ēär), the roe (eggs) of various species of sturgeonsturgeon,
primitive fish of the northern regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. Unlike evolutionarily advanced fishes, it has a fine-grained hide, with very reduced scalation, a mostly cartilaginous skeleton, upturned tail fins, and a mouth set well back on the underside of
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 prepared as a piquant table delicacy. The ovaries of the fish are beaten to loosen the eggs, which are then freed from fat and membrane by being passed through a sieve. The liquid is pressed off, and the eggs are mildly salted and sealed in small tins or kegs. Fresh caviar (the unripe roe), made in winter from high-grade eggs, is scarce and consequently expensive, especially when imported. Less choice varieties are cured with 10% salt. The eggs, black, green, brown, and the rare yellow or gray, may be tiny grains or the size of peas. The best-known caviar comes the countries on the Black and Caspian seas and the rivers that flow into them, but declines in sturgeon species there and elsewhere has led to a suspension of the international trade in nearly all caviar from wild Caspian sturgeon several times since 2001. Good quality sturgeon caviar is also produced in Italy, France, South Korea, and elsewhere from farm-raised fish. In the United States caviar is made from the roe of white sturgeon. Similar products are produced from the roe of other fish, such as paddlefish, whitefish, salmon, flying fish, pike, and trout.


See I. Saffron, Caviar (2002).


extremely expensive delicacy of sturgeon’s roe; byword for luxurious living. [Western Culture: Misc.]
See: Luxury
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On the basis of preliminary screening trial three highly susceptible genotypes (Pusa sawani, Okra-3 and Ikra-2), three genotypes (Lakshami-24, Cok-1418 and Ikra anamika) with intermediate resistance and three genotypes (Green wonder, Super star and Sabz pari) with the lowest fruit infestation were selected for final screening trial during the year 2014.
Some tolerant and susceptible genotypes showed maximum similarity to each other such as Ikra III (tolerant) showed 73.
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on three comparatively more susceptible (Parbani Karanti, Pusa sawani, Ikra-1), three moderately susceptible (PMS-beauty, Ikra anamika, Lakshami-24) and three comparatively least susceptible (Diksa, Sabz ari, Super Star) genotypes of okra was studied under field conditions at Post Graduate Agriculture Research Station, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, during 2006 and 2007.