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EU-based Production and Exploitation of Alternative Rubber and Latex Sources

Objective

Natural rubber is a widely used raw material essential to industry, medicine, transportation and defence, whose major source, the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis, is currently both sustainable and environmentally beneficial. However, increased worldwide demand for natural rubber and latex means that alternative sustainable sources are urgently required. In order to meet this challenge, we propose to create a Network that links all stakeholders involved in the development and sustainable use of Parthenium argentatum (guayule) and Taraxacum koksaghyz (Russian dandelion) as alternative rubber and latex sources in the EU. To guarantee the sustainable development and exploitation of both crops throughout the value creation chain, the project includes research into the collection and creation of new germplasm, biochemistry and genetics, breeding, agronomy, processing, and product development. The entire rubber biosynthetic pathway will be analysed, and potential bottlenecks will be identified and bypassed through targeted conventional breeding. Genes involved in rubber biosynthesis will be mapped, helping to accelerate breeding strategies in order to generate plants with commercially-viable rubber yields. Such plants will be tested for efficient growth and rubber production in the field under different climatic and edaphic conditions in Europe. The technical performance and economic potential of rubber extracted from these plants will be evaluated by producing specific prototypes, such as surgical gloves and tires. The envisaged consortium will create a collaborative network of European research organisations and industrial participants, with the necessary scientific and administrative expertise and cross-disciplinary experience to meet the project objectives, and the motivation and determination to produce the deliverables and achieve the project milestones as outlined in the proposal.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/agronomy

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 952 431
Administrative Contact
Ruben Van Deursen (Mr.)

Participants (10)

KEYGENE NV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 539 178
Address
Agro Business Park 90
6700AE Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Van Dijk (Dr.)
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Germany
EU contribution
€ 678 196
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katharina Steinberg (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 909 905
Address
Quartier Unil-centre Bâtiment Unicentre
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yves Poirier (Prof.)
YULEX CORPORATION

Participation ended

United States
Address
W Smith Enke Road 37860
85238 Maricopa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeffrey Martin (Mr.)
BOTANICKY USTAV AV CR, V.V.I.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 230 552
Address
Zamek 1
25243 Pruhonice
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jaroslav Novotny (Mr.)
NEIKER-INSTITUTO VASCO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGRARIO SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 389 535
Address
Berreaga Kalea 1
48160 Vizcaya
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enrique Ritter (Dr.)
UCHREZHDENIE CENTR EKOLOGICHESKAYA REKONSTRUKTSIYA
Kazakhstan
EU contribution
€ 40 194
Address
Tizmiriazev Street 36D
050040 Almaty
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Issa Baitulin (Prof.)
CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC
France
EU contribution
€ 844 629
Address
Rue Scheffer 42
75016 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jacques Nolin (Mr.)
APOLLO VREDESTEIN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 209 578
Address
Ir E L C Schiffstraat 370
7547 RD Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Berend Blokhuis (Mr.)
STRAMPROY CONTRACTING BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 65 918
Address
Industrieweg 20
6039 AP Stramproy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Scheepers (Mr.)