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Rubber Research Institute of India ( RRII ) under Rubber Board, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Kottayam, Kerala, India has been publishing a peer reviewed scientific journal named Indian Journal of Natural Rubber Research since 1988. This was renamed as Natural Rubber Research in 2004 and subsequently as Rubber Science in 2012, reflecting its widening scope and inclusive nature in tune with the changing trends in rubber research in India and outside. Read more...

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Vol.29 No.1, April-2016

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Articles on biology, cultivation, processing and technology of latex and dry rubber and socio-economic aspects of natural rubber are published in Rubber Science. Articles on all sources of natural rubber like Hevea, Guayule, Russian dandelion etc.

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IN THIS ISSUE

Highlights of the research findings in this issue are:
  • Analysis of outcomes of ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement on rubber and rubber products indicated significant growth in India’s negative balance of trade in rubber and rubber products in the post-AIFTA phase vis-à-vis the pre-AIFTA phase
  • Data from the Indian Remote Sensing satellite (IRS LISS III)has been successfully used for locating and mapping natural rubber plantations at the macro and regional scales and through GIS based overlay analysis NR area distribution maps have been integrated with physiographic features and soil characteristics.
  • Eight promising hybrids with heterobeltiosis to the tune of 43 to 65 per cent for rubber yield have been evolved by recombination breeding using two genetically divergent parents
  • Improved methodology through HPLC for the quantification of xanthophyll cycle pigments in young leaves of Heveabrasiliensis was developed and the highest recovery was obtained at midday under high light intensity
  • Evaluation of powdery mildew disease in modern clones revealed the susceptibility of the clones to disease, though significant variation in disease intensity was observed between clones and was related to the time of wintering in clones and the prevailing climatic conditions
  • Elephant dung can be used as a substitute for coir pith as potting medium in root trainer containers for raising quality planting material in rubber
  • Studies on potassium release potential of the soils of North East states of India indicated that the release and availability of potassium is related with the finer fractions of the soil
  • Detailed review of the chemistry and mechanisms involved in devulcanization of rubber
  • The incompatibility between silica and natural rubber could be reduced by coating the silica particles with non-rubber constituents present in natural rubber latex serum improved processability and cure characteristics of composites prepared from this modified silica was confirmed through FTIR studies