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Tucson tech: Desert shrub guayule may be new major source of natural rubber

Tucson tech: Desert shrub guayule may be new major source of natural rubber

Twenty years ago, scientists at the University of Arizona began studying guayule, a small desert shrub farmed as a source of natural rubber.

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Tucson tech: Desert shrub guayule may be new major source of natural rubber

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University of Arizona professor Dennis Ray shows guayule bushes at the UA agriculture center. The UA was awarded a $3 million, five-year grant by Phoenix-based Yulex Corp. focused on developing guayule for production.

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Tucson tech: Desert shrub guayule may be new major source of natural rubber

Tucson tech: Desert shrub guayule may be new major source of natural rubber

The latex produced in scruffy-looking guayule's bark doesn't contain the proteins that makes people allergic to common natural latex.

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