There will be rubber

CFAES’s Katrina Cornish writes in Ohio’s Country Journal about her research to develop a special dandelion species as a domestic rubber source: “Our results indicate that Ohio farmers should quite soon be able to grow this new crop on a large enough scale (several million acres) to make the United States self-sustainable for natural rubber production, and then expand to allow this country to become a rubber exporting country.” Weeds, ironically, are a challenge: “We need to kill the common dandelions without killing the rubber dandelions.” Read the story …

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