Rubber can be extracted from the juice of the dandelion. Yet the decisive breakthrough to industrial manufacturing is proving to be a tough step. Working jointly with industry and science, the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME has optimized the cultivation and production engineering over the past few years. Now the researchers – in collaboration with Continental – are building the first ever pilot system to extract vast quantities of dandelion rubber for making tires: an important milestone on the path to rubber procurement in Europe.
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- Dandelions Into Rubber – Making Rubber From Dandelion Juice (cleantechnica.com)
- Researchers at Ford and Ohio State look to dandelions for ‘green’ material (reviews.cnet.com)
- Eco-friendly wheels: Tires may soon come from dandelions (mercurynews.com)