No messing with genes to produce dandelion rubber

ERJ staff report (BC)

Enschede, Netherlands – Dutch biotech firm KeyGene has joined tire manufacturer Apollo Vredestein in a collaborative effort to develop dandelion latex. The team estimates that commercial dandelion tires could be on the market five years from now.

“Although first impressions look very promising,” according to a company statement, “the tires with the alternative natural rubbers will first undergo extensive testing over the coming months before being taken into production.”

The common dandelion’s roots are too small to be viable for commercial production, so KeyGene…

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