The project is based on studies analysing more than 2,500 plants, only a few of which have been found to have properties suitable for use in tyres. Taraxacum Kok-Saghyz, a dandelion known as TK, has proved to be a valuable substitute for the natural rubber tree.
Farming materials have shown initial positive results in the TRADITIONAL knowledge pilot programme with a bumper harvest, requiring additional planting and funding.
It usually takes seven years for rubber trees to produce the latex needed for rubber production, but dandelions can be harvested every six months. TK dandelions are also resilient and can grow in more temperate climates, such as Ohio.
With support from the Department of Defense, the partnership between Goodyear, BioMADE, and Farmed Materials will accelerate TK commercialization and plant and harvest TK seeds in Ohio beginning in spring 2022.
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