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Plantation Rubber Research

Nature volume 127, pages 423424 (14 March 1931) | Download Citation



THE Annual Report of the Rubber Research Institute of Malaya for 1929 covers the third completed year of active operation, as although the Institute came into existence on Sept. 1, 1925, its activities can only be said to date from the appointment of a director in September 1926. The revenue of the Institute is nominally provided by the Governments of the Straits Settlements, Federated. Malay States, Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, and Trengganau from a cess on exported rubber, but with the exception of the last, the cess has not been levied, equivalent payments out of revenue having been made. Since July 27, 1929, Major B. J. Eaton has acted as director, an appointment which has recently been confirmed: and changes in personnel and shortage of staff hindered the, work of the Institute in several directions during the year, notably in the advisory work on behalf of estates. A considerable proportion of this advisory work on problems such as manuring, budding, and seed selection, replanting and rejuvenation of rubber areas, is essentially applied research, and useful and valuable results are anticipated. Such practical work may indeed require to precede the slower process of scientific development, and the film propaganda, among small-holders, for which a motor van and apparatus have been approved, should materially help in the development of better conditions on small-holdings.

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