Currently the main focus is developing a process for release of the natural rubber (NR) from the dandelion roots. The goal is to get a natural rubber which fulfils the requirements of a TSR10 NR specification. Initial samples are showing a high soil content and organic material. Furthermore compound testing will be done with the NR.
Meanwhile analysis will be done on the impurities in the dandelion natural rubber. Dependent on influence of these impurities on the compound properties a further purification of the NR might be required.
Figure 1. Dried Root