Natural rubber is a sustainable material that is used for more than 40,000 products, among others natural rubber is applied in construction (adhesives, sealants), medicine (gloves, tubing) and transportation (matting, tyres) industries.
Because of the high quality of natural rubber in many products it cannot be completely replaced by synthetic rubber.
DRIVE4EU - 'Dandelion Rubber and Inulin Valorization and Exploitation for Europe', a demonstration project, aims at the development of the production chain of natural rubber and inulin from Russian dandelions. The objective of the project is to set up a new European chain for the production and processing of natural rubber. This will enable the EU to become less dependent on the import of natural rubber and at the same time to respond to the threat of a global rubber shortage.
Download the DRIVE4EU Leaflet here.
"The project DRIVE4EU (Grant Agreement Nº 613697) is co-funded by the European Commission, Directorate General for Research & Innovation,
within the 7th Framework Programme, theme KBBE.2013.3.3-01: Support for demonstrating the potential of biotechnological applications."