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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212827

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2008

  • End date

    30 September 2012

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 772 158,34

  • EU contribution

    € 5 860 116

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

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.
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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

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 678 196

UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 909 905

YULEX CORPORATION

United States

BOTANICKY USTAV AV CR, V.V.I.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 230 552

NEIKER-INSTITUTO VASCO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGRARIO SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 389 535

UCHREZHDENIE CENTR EKOLOGICHESKAYA REKONSTRUKTSIYA

Kazakhstan

EU Contribution

€ 40 194

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 844 629

APOLLO VREDESTEIN BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 209 578

STRAMPROY CONTRACTING BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 65 918

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212827

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2008

  • End date

    30 September 2012

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 772 158,34

  • EU contribution

    € 5 860 116

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

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