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Bridgestone Ponders Guayule Rubber

by Alexander H. Tullo
March 19, 2012 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 90, ISSUE 12

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A guayule plant.
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A guayule plant.

Tire maker Bridgestone is kicking off a U.S.-based project to study guayule as a source of rubber. Guayule, a shrub native to the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, produces natural rubber and is considered an alternative to the rubber tree. Bridgestone intends to establish a pilot farm and research center in the U.S. The company hopes to begin trial rubber production in 2015.

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