Using Genetic Modification To Produce A New Source Of Rubber Plants

One of the main benefits of the guayule’s latex, especially today, is that it is hypoallergenic, meaning that it is unlikely to trigger latex allergic responses for those with that allergy. But even with this alternative source, increasing production is the focus to meet global demand.That’s where the scientists at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service have stepped in. Specifically, the organization’s Bioproducts Research Unit set up an arrangement with the tire company Bridgestone Americas back in 2013 to work on producing a genetically modified guayule plant with increased amounts of rubber formed per plant. They, obviously, accomplished this task.

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