Location: Crop Improvement & Utilization Research
Project Number: 5325-21410-020-05
Start Date: Sep 17, 2010
End Date: Sep 30, 2013
1) Deconstruct natural rubber latex through selective separation of naturally-occurring proteins and lipids by: a) identifying highly abundant natural rubber proteins (proteomics) b) extract and concentrate proteins from natural latex, including Hevea c) produce recombinant rubber particle proteins 2) Systematically reconstruct the latex composition from synthetic and Hevea, guayule, and Russian dandelion natural latex by protein add-back compositions. 3) Fully characterize the nanostructure and properties of resulting materials.