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Superfoods the real story
01.08.16 at 20:52:52
 
Just been watching this TV program which has been lauding the dandelion as a superfood.   It's true that the whole of the dandelion is edible but what they didn't point out on the program is the fact that the dandelion contains latex.    
 
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Dandelions As source of natural rubber
Dandelions secrete latex when the tissues are cut or broken, yet in the wild type, the latex content is low and varies greatly. Using modern cultivation methods and optimization techniques, scientists in the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) in Germany developed a cultivar that is suitable for commercial production of natural rubber. The latex produced exhibits the same quality as the natural rubber from rubber trees. In collaboration with Continental Tires, IME is building a pilot facility. As of May 2014, the first prototype test tires made with blends from dandelion-rubber are scheduled to be tested on public roads over the next few years.
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