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Ohio State licenses out genetically modified dandelion for rubber production


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 17th, 2019

Ohio State University (OSU) and agriculture tech company American Sustainable Rubber Company (ASR) have signed a licensing deal to commercialize a more efficient process for making rubber.

The license agreement is centered on the genetically modified TK Rubber Dandelion, developed at OSU, which can be grown in an indoor hydroponic system for rubber production. Compared to a soil-based method, hydroponic production allows for easier access to the TK Dandelion root, which contains natural rubber, enabling multiple harvests per year in a time-efficient process.

In addition, hydroponic growth significantly lowers the risk of environmental factors such as weeds or temperature variation that would otherwise slow the growth of dandelions in soil.

“The exclusive agreement allows us to develop a best-in-class production environment for the TK Dandelion that will ultimately help ASR become a serious player in natural rubber production,” says ASR president Timothy J. Madden. “We are excited to continue our relationship with the Ohio State University and look forward to making significant gains alongside them.”

The licensing agreement grants ASR exclusive rights to commercialize the TK Dandelion within the U.S. and includes royalty payments to the university.

Source: PR Newswire

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