The Trial Behind The Trial
1945, 15 tons of guayule rubber could be processed daily. But after the war, breakthroughs in synthetic rubber production ended the need. The plants were burned off to make way for orange groves.
Guayule latex comes from the shrub's branches and roots. The plants contain up to 20 percent rubber. Guayule needs no irrigation or pes- ticides. Unlike hevea, the shrub can be mechanically cultivated and harvested.
The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Agriculture and Commerce Departments have...