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Mission: nematodes

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Thanks to the fine folks at Becker Underwood, this the best video about beneficial nematodes you’ll see today. Guarantee you’ll still have the heebie-jeebies this weekend, though.

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June 27th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Dandelion tires

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Just in from our Cool Plant Research desk: A team of scientists at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center are working on a way to harvest dandelions as a source for natural rubber.

The Russian dandelions, a cousin of the hated yellow flowers seen in lawns across America, look similar, but contain extra-bouncy insides that scientists can use as a supplement to traditional sources of rubber.

The Russian species — known scientifically as Taraxacum kok-saghyz, or TKS – have long, thick roots that have the right mix of rubber polymers, proteins and fatty acids in them that contain a natural latex. Break open a TKS root, roll the sticky, milky white cream that oozes out around in your palm, let it dry and it will bounce like a ball.

You can read more about the science and techniques of extracting raw materials from these plants here.

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September 20th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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