The demand for natural rubber is increasing worldwide. The previously used rubber trees grow only in the tropics, therefore attachable alternatives could make an important contribution to the protection of the rainforest in Central Europe. But also the local agriculture, manufacturing and the diversity in the field would benefit. Russian Dandelion is such a possible alternative. A group of eight partners, including tyre manufacturer continental, wants to develop towards market maturity II on the plant and it produced materials and products in the project TAKOWIND.
In TAKOWIND I the research partners of the still very wild plant-like material of the Russian dandelion had bred (Taraxacum koksaghyz) first attachable agricultural lines. The principal proof of workability managed. TAKOWIND II to fill in correctly gas: up to the end of the project 2019 a big step in the direction of practice maturity should be made. To optimize the whole chain of breeding to the products.
“These relatively undemanding plants can be grown under various conditions. Bring much earlier revenue as the rubber tree. The cultivation in Central Europe – so the ‘ plantation on the tyre factory’ – saving transport routes, and we can decouple us as tyre manufacturers some of the fluctuations in the natural rubber market. Thus the raw material alternative is ecological and economic sense”, explains Dr. Carla Recker of continental.
Source: FNR, press release, 2017-04-20.