Production of rubber-like polymers by microorganisms.

  title={Production of rubber-like polymers by microorganisms.},
  author={Alexander Steinb{\"u}chel},
  journal={Current opinion in microbiology},
  volume={6 3},
Biopolymers with true rubber properties are exceptionally rare in prokaryotic microorganisms. Only some polyhydroxyalkanoic acids are thermoplastic elastomers within a narrow temperature range that can be extended by crosslinking. Other polyhydroxyalkanoic acids are rigid and need specific thermal treatment during annealing to yield elastomeric materials. The most important elastomer is natural rubber (cis-1,4-polyisoprene). The rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis is so far the only relevant… CONTINUE READING

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