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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.

 

 

News

  1. FABE Ph.D Grad Student Receives People's Choice Award at 2018 OSU Materials Week (Video)

    May 21, 2018

    Xianjie (Tony) Ren did it again!  This year, he was a finalist for the 3MT Three Minute Thesis Competition receiving the People's Choice Award at the 2018 OSU Materials Week!  Check out this link to learn more!

     

     

  2. What is the chance of herbicide resistance in Buckeye Gold jumping over to common dandelion?

    May 16, 2018

    Could herbicide resistance in Buckeye Gold transfer to common dandelion? Click here to read our latest article in Ohio's Country Journal.

  3. Guayule gloves

    EnergyEne Looks for Investment, Expansion into Guayule Products

    Feb 7, 2018

    EnergyEne Inc. is getting hands-on in the development of guayule as an alternative to natural rubber with a radiation attenuation glove that doesn't trigger latex allergies and has better polymer-filler interaction, according to CEO Katrina Cornish.  Read more here.