Bridgestone is exploring Russian dandelion as a source of rubber for tires
The Soviet Union first explored Russian dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz) in 1932, as a domestic source of rubber
Taraxacum officinale, or dandelion, the herb used for tea and salads, is an excellent liver tonic and diuretic. But there’s another variety of dandelion known as Russian dandelion, aka Taraxacum kok-saghyz, which Bridgestone Americas is researching as raw material to make high-quality rubber for car tires. After preliminary tests, the company said it will continue to assess the material at its technical laboratories in Akron and Tokyo in coming months, and will follow that with larger-scale testing in 2014.
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