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DRIVE4EU: Dandelion Rubber and Inulin Valorization and Exploitation for Europe

Objective

Natural rubber (NR) is an essential renewable material for more than 40,000 products essential to building (adhesives, sealants), medicine (gloves, tubing), and transportation (matting, tyres) industries. In many applications NR cannot be replaced by synthetic rubbers. At the moment NR is harvested exclusively from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) of which 90% is grown in South East Asia. Worldwide NR consumption is forecasted to increase significantly. At the moment the EU is completely dependent on imports of NR.
The successful EU-PEARLS project, which finished in 2012, demonstrated the viability of a new NR producing concept: Russian dandelion (Taraxacum koksaghyz , abbreviated TKS). Not demonstrated in the EU-PEARLS project, but of equal importance in the construction of the TKS business case, is the fact that TKS is also a promising new crop for biomass derived building blocks for the chemical industry via the production of inulin.

The strategic objective of EU-DRIVE is to demonstrate the economic potential of a European production chain for natural rubber and inulin as building block for green chemicals, using TKS as a dual purpose production platform.
The main deliverables of DIRVE4EU are: (1) plant genotypes with high root biomass, high rubber and inulin yield, (2) seed batches for agronomic tests and large scale demo field trials, (3) optimized cultivation and harvest methods for TKS, (4) ecological analysis of the gene flow between TKS and wild dandelions, (5) scaled-up and optimised extraction and refinery protocol for TKS NR and inulin, (6) testing and application of TKS NR and inulin in end product uses, (7) demonstration of the economic viability of the TKS production chain for NR and inulin.

To reach the objective a strong consortium of 8 industrial partners and 5 research organisations from 7 EU countries and Kazakhstan is constructed with a very broad background from bioscience to the rubber industry.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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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
€ 830 393
Administrative Contact
Astrid Bon (Mrs.)

Participants (12)

KEYGENE NV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 570 750
Address
Agro Business Park 90
6700AE Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leo Ros (Mr.)
BOTANICKY USTAV AV CR, V.V.I.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 190 000
Address
Zamek 1
25243 Pruhonice
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yvona Tesařová (Mrs.)
TEREOS STARCH & SWEETENERS EUROPE
France
EU contribution
€ 295 949
Address
Zone Industrielle Portuaire
67390 Marckolsheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johan Geeroms (Mr.)
GEA WESTFALIA SEPARATOR GROUP GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 148 919
Address
Werner-habig-strasse 1
59302 Oelde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Edwin Telgenkamp (Mr.)
APOLLO TYRES GLOBAL R&D BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 274 650
Address
Collosseum 2
7621 PT Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Berend Blokhuis (Mr.)
QEW ENGINEERD RUBBER BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 217 380
Address
Foxham 57
9601 LE Hoogezand
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Stello (Mr.)
INDEPENDENT EXPERTS CONSULTING BOARD TO PROMOTE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ACTIVITY IN KAZAKHSTAN
Kazakhstan
EU contribution
€ 200 627
Address
Jandosov Street 36
050057 Almaty
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kamila Magzieva (Dr.)
MITAS AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 249 254
Address
Svehlova 1900/3
10625 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jiri Brejcha (Mr.)
STICHTING TER EXPLOITATIE VAN DE PROEFBOERDERIJ RUSTHOEVE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 231 867
Address
Noordlangeweg 42
4486PR Colijnsplaat
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sam De Vlieger (Mr.)
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 546 881
Address
Leonhardstrasse 59
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Hingsamer (Ms.)
VLAAMSE GEWEST
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 384 533
Address
Avenue Du Port 88
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erik Van Bockstaele (Prof.)
NETZSCH FEINMAHLTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 109 389
Address
Sedanstrasse 70
95100 Selb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Udo Enderle (Dr.)