Your question: How did rubber plants arrive in Southeast Asia?

Who introduced rubber plantation in Asia?

In the early 1950s, Chinese researchers developed varieties of rubber suited to the environment of the Southeast Asian highlands, and the government introduced these new varieties in Xishuangbanna Prefecture on large-scale collective farms.

How did rubber trees get to Malaysia?

A tourist attraction in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, located near the District Office, is believed to be the first rubber tree planted in Malaysia, in 1877. It was one of the nine seedlings brought over by Henry Nicholas Ridley, who became director of The Singapore Botanic Gardens in 1888.

How did rubber become available to the world?

Natural rubber was first used by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin for a variety of purposes. By the middle of the eighteenth century, Europeans had begun to experiment with rubber as a waterproofing agent. In the early nineteenth century, rubber was used to make waterproof shoes (Dean, 1987).

When was rubber introduced in Malaysia?


Since the first rubber plantation in Malaya was established in 1896, the rubber industry has grown tremendously into the present Malaysia. There were 218,900 hectares of rubber planted area in Malaya in 1910 [1] as compared to 1.066 million hectares of rubber planted area in Malaysia in 2014 [2].

Where is rubberwood grown?

Rubberwood is actually the product of harvesting the Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). Most of these trees grow in parts of Asia, Africa, and South America. Pará rubber trees are tapped for latex, and at the end of their useful life are harvested to become rubberwood lumber.

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