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Bridgestone decodes genetic sequence of rubber tree used in tyre production.

Bridgestone Corporation has announced that it has successfully decoded the main genome sequence for Hevea brasiliensis - commonly known as the rubber tree - a tropical tree native to Brazil and currently the only plant that can produce natural latex rubber as a raw material for industrial applications.

Latex is the natural rubber required for tyre production and a myriad of other important rubber products. The research breakthrough was accomplished in conjunction with Genome Informatics Laboratory in the National Institute of Genetics.

This new genome data is expected to facilitate development of improved breeding technologies and growing methods for Hevea brasiliensis/natural rubber. These technologies can reportedly enable the development of a better clone of the plant and improve the yield and quality of the latex produced. The data may also accelerate research applications in a variety of fields, including the development of a clone with superior disease resistance and stress tolerance.

The Bridgestone Group has been conducting basic research into molecular breeding of Hevea brasiliensis using genetic information, to enhance the productivity of natural rubber.

The Group is advancing initiatives in several fields for developing the natural rubber industry. For example, since February 2011, Bridgestone, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and the Indonesian Technology Assessment and Application Agency have been partnering on international biotechnology projects aimed at increasing natural rubber production. This type of research is not only expected to help increase the productivity of natural rubber, but also advance the use of genome science for industry.



Demand for tyres is expected to increase in tandem with the growth in automobile ownership worldwide. Bridgestone states it is committed to effectively using the earth's resources as well as the advancement of 'reducing', 'reusing', and 'recycling' initiatives. In addition, the Group believes that in the future new resources for tyres should derive from sustainable materials. Therefore, it aims to eventually develop tyres from 100 percent sustainable materials through research into biomaterials in several fields, including this latest research for enhancing natural rubber productivity.

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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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