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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.


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

Cornish Lab Group hand-planted approximately 61 miles of Buckeye Gold in 2013. That's a lot of dandelions!

Cornish Lab Group is a joint program comprised of both Horticulture and Crop Sciences and Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering PI's and Graduate Students.


News

  1. Two Cornish Lab Students Graduated!!

    May 13, 2020

    Two Cornish Lab students graduated in December! Congratulations to Tony Xianjie Ren for earning his PhD and Mingde Liu for earning Masters!! We are so proud of their accomplishments and wish them all the best in their future endeavors! Click here to learn more about these remarkable graduates and other Cornish Lab alumni!

  2. Katrina Cornish Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

    Mar 31, 2020

    The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Katrina Cornish, Ph.D., Endowed Chair and Ohio Research Scholar, Bioemergent Materials, Horticulture and Crop Science/Agricultural and Biological Engienering, The Ohio State University to its College of Fellows. Click here to read more!

  3. Ohio State Researchers Work to Solve Global Rubber Shortage

    Jan 30, 2020

    Catheters, medical and sporting gloves, tires, condoms and some 50,000 other products depend on the more than 15 million tons of natural rubber produced every year.  Click here to see how Dr. Cornish and OSU colleagues are making a difference in the rubber industry.