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Desert Shrub Guayule May Be New Major Source of Natural Rubber

from Arizona Daily Star

Twenty years ago, scientists at the University of Arizona began studying guayule, a small desert shrub farmed as a source of natural rubber. The research helped one Arizona company commercialize guayule on a limited scale, producing a virtually allergy-free latex used in medical gloves. Now, the UA is studying guayule — pronounced "why-YOU-lee" — again as the plant is poised for wide-scale commercialization, and tire makers and others look to address a projected shortage of natural rubber. more

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