Chemical Bioinduction of Rubber in Guayule Plant

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Science  09 Sep 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4308, pp. 1076-1078
DOI: 10.1126/science.197.4308.1076


The treatment of young guayule plants with 2-(3,4-dichlorophenoxy)-triethylamine stimulated the accumulation of polyisoprenoid rubber in the stem and root tissues. This finding suggests that rubber productivity can be improved by the use of chemical agents on guayule and other rubber-forming plants.