In collaboration with its partners, including CIRAD and the French Rubber Institut (IFC), the Group is developing agricultural systems to improve the productivity of plantations where rubber trees are tapped less frequently and with productive varieties.
Michelin also collaborates in natural rubber research with CIRAD, the International Rubber Research and Development Board (IRRDB), rubber research institutes and with academic institutes in Singapore and Thailand.
Michelin is also conducting experimental work in Brazil (Bahia), West Africa, Indonesia, and Thailand through its joint-ventures.
This operational and historical presence at the heart of the industry on all continents gives Michelin legitimacy and real leverage to positively impact all practices.
Michelin works on mapping the potential long-term physical impacts of climate change on natural rubber production, and on a number of climate-smart approaches.
The Group improves its carbon footprint of the natural rubber production through the contribution to studies on rubber farming carbon sequestration (Wauters et al.,2007), minimizing the use of fertilizer (research program with CIRAD) and developing of a CO2eq calculator.
Ongoing and emerging rubber pests and diseases are a notable risk for natural rubber cultivation and production.
The Group is involved in research programs aimed at countering the most impactful phytosanitary threats for the sector, through the selection of genetically disease resistant varieties and wind tolerance, for instance:
· A program in Bahia, Brazil dedicated to developing varieties tolerant to microcyclus ulei
· In West Africa, with French Rubber Institute (IFC), developing varieties tolerant to the Corynespora and Colletotrichum and increased resistance to wind.
With the Pasteur Institute, Michelin is active into proliferating practices against mosquito-borne diseases towards local communities.