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Newsletter 2/2018  (Final)


Dear readers,

the FP7 project DRIVE4EU
- Dandelion Rubber and Inulin Valorization and Exploitation for Europe was initiated in February 2014 with a project duration of 48 months. The aim of this demonstration project is to develop a production chain of natural rubber and inulin from Taraxacum koksaghyz (TKS, Russian or Rubber dandelion) and to set up a new European chain for the production and processing of natural rubber. More information at:

This final newsletter will provide you with information on the project DRIVE4EU reults.

With best regards,
The DRIVE4EU dissemination team


Overview of our work and final results


Taraxacum koksaghyz and the interspecific gene flow

Crossing experiments between Taraxacum koksaghyz (TKS) and related dandelion species indicate that hybridization is possible. This may result in interspecific gene flow in regions where TKS is cultivated and in SE Kazakhstan where TKS is growing in the wild. Both situations were investigated in this project.

Read more about hybridization and interspecific gene flow here

Taraxacum koksaghyz and its vulnerability and conservation

Taraxacum koksaghyz (TKS) represents an economic plant, an alternative rubber producer, with a potential of world importance. Because it is confined to a small geographical range in Kazakhstan, and there are factors with negative impact on TKS, and trends that may influence TKS in future, a conservation is needed.

Read more about the vulnerability and conservation here

Taraxacum koksaghyz and its seed production

In general terms the objectives of Work Package 2 of DRIVE4EU were seed production, breeding of plants with more rubber and the characterization of the inulin and rubber built up during the growing season. The aim of this activity was, starting with a small initial amount of seeds, to produce a sufficient amount of seeds needed for the agronomical test plots and the large rubber production fields in the other Work Packages.
Read more about the seed production here

Agronomy of Taraxacum koksaghyz

Although Taraxacum koksaghyz has been grown in Kazakhstan, Russia and other countries until the 1950s, the agronomy of the rubber dandelion using current technology was rather unknown at the start of the Drive4EU project.

Read more about the agronomy here

Environmental and economic assessment of
Taraxacum koksaghyz

The objective of the economic and environmental assessment in DRIVE4EU was to identify, quantify and assess the most important economic and environmental impacts and benefits of natural rubber and PEF production from Rubber dandelion.

The results of the environmental and economic calculations are presented here

DRIVE4EU meeting in Wageningen, Netherlands, 25th 
June 2018

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The 6th progress meeting was held at the University of Wageningen, Netherlands on the 25th of June 2018.

Contacts & imprint


Project Coordinator

Dr. Ingrid M. van der Meer
Phone: 0031317481363

Dissemination Leader

Mag. Maria Hingsamer
Phone: 00433168761421


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