PEARLS: alternative natural rubber production

Worldwide, the rubber industry faces a number of problems that makes the development of alternative sources of latex and rubber necessary. Examples are diseases, a limited geographical area of ​​production and the rapidly increasing demand for rubber.

The main source of rubber, the tree Hevea brasiliensis, is both renewable and environmentally friendly but because of the increasing demand for natural rubber, new sources are urgently needed. Therefore, this project aims to establish an integrated production- and application chain for latex and rubber in Europe from the Russian dandelion.