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Elastomeric adhesives threatened by rubber fungal disease

Andy Extance – Dec 16, 2009

The first ever elastomeric adhesive was prepared at the end of the 18th Century, consisting of naphtha solutions of natural rubber. The trees that probably produced that rubber have probably been blighted by a fungus called Microcyclus ulei, which is now threatening the largest world's remaining rubber growing areas, threatening a raw material still used by adhesive makers. However, scientists in Germany and Brazil are beginning to fight back.

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