11 May '11, 12pm

Ford Looks to Dandelions for Natural Rubber

Ford Looks to Dandelions for Natural Rubber

DEARBORN, MI — Ford continues to diversify its research into plant-based materials by turning a common weed into a replacement for synthetic rubber. The company has already introduced soy foam and wheat straw components into its vehicles. Now, it's looking to produce cup holders, floor mats and other parts with the help of dandelions. Through work with Ohio State University, Ford will make and test car components created with rubber derived from the Russian dandelion, Taraxacum kok-saghyz . OSU's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center is growing the dandelion, which produces a milky-white substance from its roots that can be turned into rubber. Debbie Milewski, technical leader of Ford's plastics research group, said the dandelion rubber will be used in parts that are part-plastic, part-rubber. That includes materials all over the interiors of cars like plastic ...

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