A dandelion is a bright yellow bloom which looks like a parachute seeds which is commonly seen across the continents. It is a herb that is beneficial from its roots to the blossom, the most versatile and most essential herb to a lot of people. This is how most of the people perceived a dandelion but not for the scientists at the Dutch biotech firm KeyGene. The Dutch biotech firm believes that that the dandelion bloom’s true beauty lies beneath the soil.
The roots of the flower dandelion are containing latex which is a milky liquid that can be a source of a natural rubber. The origin of the plant’s name Dandelion is a Danish word which could be translated to as milk pot. The Global demand for the natural rubber is estimated to outship supply by 20% on the year 2020. However the Dutch biotech firm KeyGene believes that the dandelion bloom could be developed into an important natural source of a commodity which can be worth more than $100 billion every year.
The Process Dandelion Needs To Produce A Better Rubber Dandelion
The flower dandelion’s roots are smaller than the ideal for the commercial rubber production. Since this is the case, the KeyGene will be putting the plant through some processes of a plant phenotyping in order for the dandelion to develop a variety of a fatter root and a higher yield that can result to a better suited industrial processing. As of the moment the firm KeyGene is developing and making a better rubber dandelion. They are developing a better rubber dandelion so that it can produce more rubber because of the increased size.
More Information About The Project Of The Dutch Firm KeyGene
According to the Dutch biotech firm KeyGene CEO Arjen Van Tunen they are currently making crosses between the Russian dandelion and the common dandelion using the modern DNA profiling techniques available these days. The firm’s process according to CEO Arjen Van Tunen involves analyzing the different specimens of the given crop in the greenhouses and scanning them for the mutations that can deliver beneficial characteristics in terms of yield quality, tolerance and sustainability to the drought and disease. The genetic material of the strains with desirable characteristics were isolated and sequenced in order to create an improved crops that will be better suited for the conditions of the future.
With the worldwide population which is estimated to hit 9 billion by the year 2050 the KeyGene CEO said that the growing proportion switching to the animal protein, agricultural production would definitely need to be doubled in order to feed the planet. So creating improved crops such as those that could be returning higher yields on the marginal land is important in achieving this. The Multinational tire manufacturer Apollo Vredestein agrees that the dandelion rubber has a potential and is now collaborating on the said project with the firm KeyGene. The director of Apollo Vredestein’s research and development team Peter Snel has said that the prototype tires had already been produced. The commercial dandelion tires are all likely to be ready for the production with an estimated timeline of about 5 to 10 years. And according to Peter Snel as soon as the material is ready in the volume to be put in to the tires, he was very confident that the harvesting of the rubber from the tiny flowers would be economically. He added that the raw materials were a big part in the cost price of the tires but the investments in this project will definitely pay back.