We are working to develop a domestic natural rubber crop in Ohio and for the U.S.

Natural rubber is a vital resource for any developed country and is used in over 40,000 commercial products. By 2020 the USA may suffer a supply shortfall of 1.5 million metric tons of imported natural rubber. While the use of synthetic rubber has surpassed natural rubber in quantity, there are particular properties and high-performance applications that make natural rubber irreplaceable by synthetic rubber.

Cornish Lab Group is a joint program comprised of both Hort & Crop and Ag Engineering PI's and graduate students.

Did you know............. Cornish Lab hand planted approximately 61 miles of Buckeye Gold in 2013. Thats a lot of dandelions!

OSU's Rubber Pilot Plant produces high quality rubber for the tire industry and medical quality latex hypoallergenic gloves.




  1. Parker Evans wins 3MT Challenge at Materials Week

    May 20, 2019

    Top prize this year went to Parker Evans, a doctoral candidate in Translational Plant Sciences and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). He presented “Translating between Electronic and Ionic Systems,“ in which he summarized his research adapting electronic control strategies that communicate in utilized electrons to biological processes that are primarily ionic in nature. Click here to read more and watch his presentation!

  2. Dr. Katrina Cornish named IMR Innovator of the Year

    May 20, 2019

    Dr. Cornish did it again!!  She was awarded her THIRD Innovator of the Year Award within the last month at the recent IMR Materials Week conference.  Congratulations!!

  3. Dr. Katrina Cornish named OSU Innovator of the Year

    May 17, 2019

    As OSU expands its role in the commercialization of research, it is important to reward research creativity and entrepreneurship. Several university-wide awards were presented on April 24th, at the Research and Innovation Showcase hosted by the Office of Research and Corporate Engagement Office. Please click here to read about Dr. Cornish's recognition.