No other book on natural rubber covers such a broad spectrum of subjects as this unique publication. Subjects related to the biology, cultivation and technology of natural rubber are dealt with, along with such important aspects as its history, production and processing, through to its sophisticated engineering applications. Every chapter follows a monograph style of presentation, with comprehensive citations and depth of treatment. Contributions from highly experienced, and still active, renowned scientists reflect the truly international effort to the development of this commodity. In addition to the wealth of information presented, most of the chapters contain elaborate lists of earlier contributions in the respective fields; one chapter each has been included on rubber wood, ancillary products and guayule.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Contributors. 1. Historical development of the world rubber industry (K. P. Jones, P. W . Allen). 2. The outlook for natural rubber production and consumption (H. P. Smit, K. Burger). 3. The genus Hevea - botanical aspects (P. R. Wycherley). 4. Anatomy and ultracytology of latex vessels (D. Premakumari, A. O. N. Panikkar). 5. Germplasm resources and genetic improvement (Y. Annamma Varghese). 6. Metabolism of the laticiferous system and its biochemical regulation (J. L. Jacob, J. C. Prevot). 7. Yield components in Hevea brasiliensis (M. R. Sethuraj). 8. Propagation and planting (J. G. Marattukalam, C. K. Saraswathy Amma). 9. Climatic requirements (P. Sanjeeva Rao, K. R. Vijayakumar). 10. Rubber cultivation under climatic stresses in China (H. Zongdao, P. Yanqing). 11. Nutrition of Hevea (A. K. Krishnakumar, S. N. Potty). 12. Tapping of Hevea brasiliensis (P. D. Abraham). 13. International notation for exploitation systems (Lukman). 14. Certain aspects of physiology and biochemistry of latex production (S. W. Pakianathan, S. J. Tata, L. F. Chon, M. R. Sethuraj). 15. Diseases of economic importance in rubber (A. de S. Liyanage, C. Kuruvilla Jacob). 16 Pests (K. Jayarathnam). 17. Primary processing (B. Kuriakose). 18. Physical and technological properties of natural rubber (N. M. Mathew). 19. Compounding and vulcanization (C. Metherell). 20. Chemical modification of natural rubber (D. S. Campbell). 21. Engineering properties and applications of rubber (A. Stevenson). 22. Thermoplastic natural rubber (N. R. Choudhury, A. K. Bhowmick, S. K. De). 23. Technological properties and utilisation of rubber wood (A. C. Sekhar). 24. Ancillary income from rubber plantatio


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