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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.32 No.3, December-2019

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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:
  • Success story of the genetic improvement of Hevea breeding pool in Sri Lanka narrating the development of high yielding clones with yield potential of 3,500 kg ha-1yr-1.
  • A review of the long term performance of three PB clones viz., PB 255, PB 280 and PB 314 revealed their suitability for releasing for commercial cultivation in traditional regions of India.
  • Collective farming is suggested to overcome structural problems and ensure viability of rubber smallholdings in Kerala.
  • Rubber-based cropping systems evolved with annual and short duration intercrops (upland rice, okra, cowpea, maize, amaranthus, colocasia, elephant foot yam, pineapple and banana) for entire immaturity period under different planting geometry.
  • Hybrid clones with high yield potential and growth vigour were identified. Correlation between girth at opening and yield in the tapping panels was established.
  • Long term evaluation of modern clones in cold prone Northern Bengal showed the specific adaptation and cold endurance of RRII 429 and RRII 417 in terms of significantly superior yield to RRIM 600 and better tree stand.
  • Solid low protein natural rubber latex prepared through a novel enzymatic method without the intermediate steps of centrifugation or creaming. A simple and accurate method for the determination of dry rubber content in natural latex was developed.