Russian Dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz or TKS) makes rubber identical to that from the rubber tree. During WW II, it was cultivated in 42 states (and the Soviet Union) as an emergency rubber source, and it made great tires with superior performance. After the war, however, TKS was abandoned: Asian rubber plantations were rebuilt, and the era of cheap synthetics from abundant petroleum supplies began.
With the benefit of 70 years of agricultural and biotechnology advances, the tools are now available to transform Russian dandelion into the world’s most productive and efficient system for manufacturing natural rubber---at exactly the time when the world needs it. The comparison below illustrates why Russian Dandelion will out-compete all other rubber crops.
Russian dandelion can be grown faster, over a broader range, and be improved more quickly than any other rubber-bearing crop. Moreover, it can be processed more efficiently, with less capital, and with higher-value co-products than any other crop.
Kultevat’s proprietary technology covers all these links on the value chain: it combines advanced genetic techniques (marker-assisted breeding) to increase critical plant yield traits, along with integrative chemical process engineering to drive down capital and operating costs. Kultevat will thus be able to mass-produce rubber and fermentable sugar syrups at costs well below current market levels. This opens $2 billion in near-term markets with potentials for sustained, rapid year-on-year growth of 10%.
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