Arizona State University to lead guayule rubber sustainability probe

ERJ staff report (BC)

Phoenix, Arizona – Arizona State University (ASU) engineer Amy Landis is to lead a sustainability assessment of the use of biomaterials as feedstocks for rubber production.

The initiative is part of the four-year, $6.9m (€5.3m) Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) project teaming Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Yulex Corporation, ASU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

BRDI focuses on the guayule plant from which latex can be extracted. It holds promise for being a feasible alternative to petroleum-based synthetics.


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