Dutch company KeyGene and international tire manufacturer Apollo Vredestein began to explore the possibility of using dandelions as the main raw material for the production of tires for vehicle wheels. The roots of this plant contain natural latex, which is very attractive to developers of its environmental performance, production characteristics.
Among other things, the use of dandelion may be attractive from a financial side, because the rubber demand in many sectors of the global industry, including automotive. Given this demand, the capacity for the year "Dandelion" production would be about $ 100 billion
It remains to solve one small problem: how to organize such mass cultivation and processing of the plant, because we all know that the root of the dandelion is not so great. Exit offer genetics: to create a hybrid plant, the content of the latex in the roots of which could claim to be commercially profitable. Scientists have already chosen two initial species (they can be the Russian type and traditional type), the crossing of which will fit for production of high-quality latex. Geneticists believe that the process of crossing does not take long and will not damage the genetic material of the original type.