Russian dandelion lines used for latex extraction.
A U.S. biotech company and this international molecular genetics company specializing in agricultural biotechnology have developed the first Russian dandelion lines that can be tested and used for latex extraction. Following a rigorous breeding strategy leveraging its molecular and DNA tools, the company is said to have produced improved Russian dandelion lines with superior agronomic performance, latex quality and yields.
The two firms recently entered into collaboration developing, breeding and testing Russian dandelion for the production of natural rubber. In parallel to this program, the company has also cross-bred Russian dandelion and European common dandelion plants, resulting in new breeding material with heavily increased vigor and tap root size. The inter-specific dandelion lines are now being tested for latex and rubber yields and quality. These tests will provide suitable material to launch further breeding, seed production and, ultimately, cultivation for latex and rubber production. Quality seeds from these superior lines have been produced, processed and delivered to the biotech company, which will develop production practices and latex extraction procedures to establish Russian dandelion rubber production in North America.
These dandelion innovations will significantly contribute to solving the worldwide need for increased natural rubber production and diversification that have until now been solely derived from one species, the Hevea tree, which grows in only a few major production areas, according to the company.
The firm is said to deliver sustainable responses to the world's needs for yield stability and quality of vegetables and field crops. It supports its strategic partners with cutting edge breeding technologies and plant-based trait platforms to meet their needs. (KeyGene)