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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. 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.

  2. Cornish and Other Innovators Recognition at OSU vs Minnesota Game!

    Jan 24, 2020

    Katrina Cornish (Innovator of the Year) joined Tim Raderstorf (Early Career Innovator of the Year) and Forrest Schoessow and Wesley Thio (Next Generation Innovators of the Year) on the court at the OSU vs Minnesota basketball game on January 23rd for recognition of their outstanding achievements.  Congratulations to them all!

  3. The Trophy Goes To...

    Jan 24, 2020

    The 2nd annual “Coolest Science Story” award to Xiaoying Zhao, a postdoctoral researcher, whose ‘Biodegradable plastics’ won with more than 12,000 votes! Click here to read the article and watch a video!