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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.30 No.2, August 2017

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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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Highlights of the research findings in this issue are:
  • A new region specific advisory of clones suited for cultivation in each of the nine agro climatically distinct zones in the traditional and non- traditional regions of rubber cultivation India
  • Molecular phylogeny of the four major Phytophthora species infecting rubber trees is presented. Further, DNA barcodes using short, unique and standardized portions of the DNA were identified for these species which could be used for their reliable, quick and accurate identification
  • A chloroplast stress protein was validated as a screening tool for selection of potential drought tolerant clones in Hevea. The relative abundance of this stress protein along with key photosynthetic parameters can be used as screening tools for drought and high light tolerance in rubber plants at a young stage
  • Role of natural rubber cultivation as a sustainable livelihood option for rural upliftment
  • Ortets selected from different agro-climatic regions and some hybrid clones were tested for abiotic stress tolerance in diverse environments
  • Improvement in soil organic carbon, available phosphorus and potassium and maintenance of available calcium and magnesium in one cultivation cycle of rubber was recorded
  • The influence of the crosslink density on the efficiency of mechanical devulcanization of natural rubber vulcanizates is presented
  • Additional rolling to wet sheet rubber can facilitate its quick drying and quality enhancement