Keygene conducts follow-up research into rubber from dandelions

A consortium around biotechnology company KeyGene in Wageningen has been awarded a subsidy of over € 500,000 for the upscaling of technology to extract natural rubber from dandelions.

The root of the Russian dandelion consists largely of latex, as well as other ingredients that may be commercially interesting, such as the sweetener inulin. During the Second World War, rubber was extracted from this type of dandelion in Germany and the Soviet Union. This was forgotten by the emergence of synthetic rubber from petroleum.

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