Rubber from Dandelions
Automotive components maker Continental plans to start production of tires made from dandelion rubber in its research and testing facility in the northeastern German town of Anklam.
The first machines for extracting rubber from dandelion roots have been installed at the roughly EUR 35 million “Taraxagum Lab Anklam,” which is expected to create up to 20 new jobs.
There, the company will research the industrial production of rubber made from the Russia dandelion plant as a sustainable alternative to rubber from the rain forest.
The award-winning research project is being jointly conducted with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, the Julius Kühn Institute and the plant breeder ESKUSA. It is also receiving EUR 11.6 million in support from the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.