Kultevat, a St. Louis, Missouri-based agtech company, signed a research deal with Balkrishna Industries Ltd., or BKT, an India-based tire manufacturer, to help accelerate Kultevat’s commercialization of its alternative rubber products. BKT will work with Kultevat in developing new methods to use Russian dandelions as a sustainable alternative to natural rubber grown in Asia in the use of off-road tires.
BKT said dandelions offer higher latex content compared to other sustainable alternatives like guayule, a plant native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Kultevat is expected to deliver one metric ton of the rubber by October 2019.
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