‘We wish it would grow more like a weed’

CFAES’s John Cardina and Katrina Cornish spoke about their efforts to turn a surprisingly recalcitrant species of dandelion into an American-grown source of rubber in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal (may require subscription).

Learn more about the research, which is developing the TKS dandelion, shown here growing in a CFAES high tunnel, at the Cornish Lab Group’s website. (Photo: CFAES.)

‘What’s exciting is that it’s a natural product’

“We’re taking advantage of something plants have been doing for millions of years” — evolving chemicals to defend themselves from pests — “to hopefully get a leg up on mosquitoes.”

So says CFAES scientist Pete Piermarini, pictured, explaining a recent study. In it, he and scientist Liva Rakotondraibe of Ohio State’s College of Pharmacy discovered a possible new mosquito-fighting chemical in a plant from Madagascar.

Read the full story. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

Sustainable World Tour hits the road

The Sustainable World Tour, a public awareness campaign by CFAES’s OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center, leaves to go west today, Dec. 26, with stops set in Missouri, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and at the Cotton Bowl football game in Dallas, which involves some fellow Buckeyes.

The tour aims to promote biobased products and sustainability.

Follow the tour. (Photo: OBIC.)