Published: February 18, 2013

by Inhabitat Staff


Image via Wikicommons users Nicolas Zea P. and Loyna

You see them popping up in your garden, and soon the dandelion may also parked in your driveway. Dutch biotech firm KeyGene has plans to use the latex found in dandelion roots to create a new material for tire production. With global demand for rubber set to outstrip current supply by 20 per cent in 2020, the common weed could become a renewable alternative worth nearly $100 billion a year.