Biotech experiments by Cornish focus on genetically engineering guayule
plants to boost their latex levels.
grown and safe natural rubber latex derived from the desert plant known as Guayule
plant improvement strategies include novel, non-GMO cultivar development methods which bridge the gap between classical plant breeding approaches and modern molecular technologies; the combined program is designed to maximize plant productivity for large-scale deployment and commercial production of this important new industrial crop.
So the scientists plan to genetically engineer a plant such as goldenrod or guayule
to make more large initiator molecules.
rubber has the same molecular weight and general properties as Hevea rubber, it does not contain the proteins present in hevea rubber that can cause severe allergic reaction (Cornish, 1996).
ARS scientists have worked to breed guayule
plants that yield more rubber per acre--about 1,000 pounds compared to the native plants' 500--and to fine-tune farming methods that help ensure a healthy crop.
Natural rubber from Guayule
has almost identical qualities to that harvested from the Hevea tree, which currently is the primary source for the natural rubber used in tire production.
, a native shrub that produces natural rubber, would reduce our dependence on imports of this critical material while boosting farm income in the southwestern United States.
The results of a clinical laboratory study using serum pools from individuals suffering from life-threatening Type I tropical latex allergy indicate no detectable allergic reaction to commercial grade natural rubber latex derived from Guayule
PHOENIX, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Yulex Corporation, an agricultural-based biomaterials company, will provide the University of Arizona a $3 million, five-year grant focused on breeding and agronomic development of Guayule
for the production biorubber of medical, consumer, and industrial applications.
will begin construction on a pilot-scale latex rubber production plant utilizing the Guayule
Versalis, with its market leading position in the elastomer industry, plans to expand its leading-edge technologies in the synthetic rubber business by including guayule
rubber as a supplementary business opportunity and an increased commercial offering.
Howard Colvin presented a paper, "Securing the future of natural rubber--an American tire and bio-energy platform for guayule
," at the 24th annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops (AAIC), held November 15 in Sonoma, CA.
Weeds such as the Russian dandelion are being investigated by most tire manufacturers as a source of latex but are behind the desert shrub guayule
in actual potential.
After four years of working together, Patagonia and Yulex have co-developed a unique material that allows us to make a wetsuit that is 60% guayule