1. Rubber Dandelion: Germplasm Improvement and Crop Domestication (Video)

    Aug 9, 2017

    Cornish Lab Group researchers are working to make rubber dandelion a sustainable domesticated crop in Ohio and throughout the United States.  Watch this video to learn how.



  2. Rubber Dandelion Overview and Background of Natural Rubber (Video)

    Aug 9, 2017

    Dr. Katrina Cornish presents an overview of the rubber dandelion project and explains the importance of natural rubber worldwide.




  3. GM Commits to 'Green' Natural Rubber for Millions of Tires

    Jul 20, 2017

    General Motors said it will commit to buying sustainable natural rubber for the 49 million tires it buys annually, an initiative aimed at helping small rubber farmers while protecting company profits by ensuring the material’s long-term availability.  Click here to read the article.

  4. Natural Rubber- US Centric Industrial Crop Innovation for BioEconomy Growth

    May 31, 2017

    The US can support rubber/energy crops the size of corn or soybean with hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and the need is pressing, because world rubber demand is expected to grow from 12 million tons in 2014 to 30 million tons by 2030.  Click here to see Dr. Cornish's illuminating overview of the alternatives at ABLC 2017 in Washington.

  5. Turning Food Waste into Tires

    May 19, 2017

    Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century.  Click here to learn how!

  6. Researchers are Using Tomato Peels and Eggshells to Make Tires

    May 18, 2017

    Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste, specifically tomato peels and eggshells, makes excellent filler for rubber tires, with tests showing they exceed industrial standards for performance. Filler is combined with rubber to make the rubber composite used in tires. Food waste could partially replace carbon black, the petroleum-based filler long used in tire manufacturing, which has become increasingly hard to come by.  Click here to read more.

  7. Guayule rubber made from tomato peels and eggshells

    Driving on Eggshells: Ohio State Researchers Recycle Food Scraps For Tires

    May 18, 2017

    Katrina Cornish is a professor in Ohio State's College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences who studies rubber biosynthesis and production. She and a team of researchers have found finely-ground egg shells and tomato peels are an adequate replacement for carbon black.  Click here to learn more.

  8. Trash-to-Tires Made from Tomato Peels (Podcast)

    May 17, 2017

    Food waste from tomato peels and eggshells could be turned into tires. Dr. Katrina Cornish is biomaterials researcher with the Ohio State University, who’s made the discovery. Listen to the podcast here!

  9. Cornish Joins Panel Charged with Steering Course of Biofuels R&D

    May 17, 2017

    Katrina Cornish, an internationally recognized authority on alternative natural rubber biosynthesis and production, has been appointed to an independent panel responsible for advising the federal Biomass Research and Development Initiative.  Click here to read more.

  10. CFAES Faculty Profile: Katrina Cornish (Video)

    May 17, 2017

    Katrina Cornish is an Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bioemergent Materials with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Her laboratory works in research and commercialization of alternative sources of natural rubber and other bioproducts.