Production of Eucommia-rubber from Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. (Hardy Rubber Tree)

Yoshihisa Nakazawa, Takeshi Bamba, Tuyoshi Takeda, Hirotaka Uefuji, Yoko Harada, Xuehong Li, Ren Chen, Sumihiro Inoue, Masafumi Tutumi, Toru Shimizu, Yin Quan Su, Koichiro Gyokusen, Eiichiro Fukusaki, Akio Kobayashi

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Abstract

Eucommia ulmoides Oliver is a deciduous tree distributed in China, and is the only species in its genus, and the only genus in its family. It grows in temperate zones, and produces long-chain trans-polyisoprene throughout the entire plant. This trans-polyisoprene (TPI) derived from Eucommia is called Eucommia rubber (EU-rubber), and is a hydrocarbon with a carbon molecular weight of a few hundred thousand. EU-rubber is a hard rubber with thermoplasticity, and has properties similar to plastic. In terms of practical use, these plant-derived polymers are attracting attention as an industrial raw material to substitute for petroleum, and demand is expected to grow in the future. Hydrocarbon is also a fuel which has energy with the same value as petroleum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-79
Number of pages9
JournalPlant Biotechnology
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009

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Hevea brasiliensis
Rubber
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Petroleum
Hydrocarbons
petroleum
hydrocarbons
temperate zones
Plastics
raw materials
China
polymers
Polymers
Carbon
plastics
Molecular Weight

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  • Biotechnology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science

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Production of Eucommia-rubber from Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. (Hardy Rubber Tree). / Nakazawa, Yoshihisa; Bamba, Takeshi; Takeda, Tuyoshi; Uefuji, Hirotaka; Harada, Yoko; Li, Xuehong; Chen, Ren; Inoue, Sumihiro; Tutumi, Masafumi; Shimizu, Toru; Su, Yin Quan; Gyokusen, Koichiro; Fukusaki, Eiichiro; Kobayashi, Akio.

In: Plant Biotechnology, Vol. 26, No. 1, 01.01.2009, p. 71-79.

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Nakazawa, Y, Bamba, T, Takeda, T, Uefuji, H, Harada, Y, Li, X, Chen, R, Inoue, S, Tutumi, M, Shimizu, T, Su, YQ, Gyokusen, K, Fukusaki, E & Kobayashi, A 2009, 'Production of Eucommia-rubber from Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. (Hardy Rubber Tree)', Plant Biotechnology, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 71-79. https://doi.org/10.5511/plantbiotechnology.26.71
Nakazawa, Yoshihisa ; Bamba, Takeshi ; Takeda, Tuyoshi ; Uefuji, Hirotaka ; Harada, Yoko ; Li, Xuehong ; Chen, Ren ; Inoue, Sumihiro ; Tutumi, Masafumi ; Shimizu, Toru ; Su, Yin Quan ; Gyokusen, Koichiro ; Fukusaki, Eiichiro ; Kobayashi, Akio. / Production of Eucommia-rubber from Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. (Hardy Rubber Tree). In: Plant Biotechnology. 2009 ; Vol. 26, No. 1. pp. 71-79.
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