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Growing Rubber in California

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A nation at war makes strange demands on its public servants. When the government decided to launch a huge program of rubber production through the cultivation of guayule, it blithely tossed the job into the lap of the Forest Service--thus precipitating a scramble for botanical reference books to find out what on earth guayule might be. This artcile describes the project that ensued, explains how so unprepossessing a citizen of the plant world came to burst, Cinderella-like, upon the public consciousness, and speculates as to its future.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant to the director, Emergency Rubber Project, U. S. Forest Service, Los Angeles, Calif.

Publication date: 1944-05-01

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