14 May '11, 5pm

Dandelions Possible Route to Rubber: The rubber industry is looking for alternatives to petroleum based rubber a...

The rubber industry is looking for alternatives to petroleum based rubber as pricing for petroleum is going up fast. Researchers at Ohio State University, The University of Akron, Oregon State University, Cooper and Bridgestone are looking to see if the Russian dandelion is a route to rubber. "... "Russian dandelion ... is being domesticated ... and produces high-quality natural rubber in its fleshy taproot. ... performance mirrors the natural rubber produced from ... Brazilian rubber tree ... " Via: Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC) LINK

Full article: http://greentechnolog.com/2011/05/solar_films_might_trans...

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