Overcoming Crop Production Hurdles to Develop Russian Dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz, TKS) as a Renewable Domestic Source of Natural Rubber and Ethanol

The objectives of this research project are as follows: 1) Publish guidelines describing proper seed harvest, processing, storage, and planting methods to ensure dependable germination and stand establishment from direct seeding. (2) Publish guidelines describing how to adjust environment and crop management to optimize flowering timing and resultant seed yield. (3) Publish guidelines describing improved methods of weed control, soil moisture, agronomic management, and harvest timing to optimize root biomass, rubber, and inulin yield. (4) Document advances in germplasm under Oregon environmental conditions, including improvements from collaborator breeding efforts and selection of superior wild types. (5) Disseminate research results and crop production information to potential Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS) (commonly known as Russian Dandelion) growers through field day presentations, extension publications, and the media.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program information: Advanced Research, Biobased Research


  • English


  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $199741
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Johnson, Shawn

  • Principal Investigators:

    Roseberg, Richard

  • Start Date: 20110701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130630

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01575508
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 2 2015 3:12PM