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Agronomy 2018, 8(9), 182;

Progress in Direct Seeding of an Alternative Natural Rubber Plant, Taraxacum kok-saghyz (L.E. Rodin)

Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State University, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691, USA
USDA Agricultural Research Service, 6883 South State Highway, Boonville, AR 72927, USA
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
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Received: 16 August 2018 / Revised: 5 September 2018 / Accepted: 7 September 2018 / Published: 12 September 2018
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Natural rubber (NR) is currently sourced from a single species Hevea brasiliensis, which is primarily grown in Southeast Asia and Africa. The Taraxacum kok-saghyz (L.E. Rodin) (TK) plant, which grows in temperate climates and has NR in its roots, has been identified as an additional source for NR in the future. A major challenge to TK becoming a crop is direct seeding. This paper presents research on determining strategies for improving establishment of TK through direct seeding. Field trials were conducted in 2014 and 2015 in Ohio on a Wooster silt loam soil (2.4–2.9% OM) using “wild” TK seed. The study evaluated the impacts of different planting dates (April and May), planter types (broadcasting raw seed and drilling pelleted seed), companion crops, and compost mulch strips on plant stands (i.e., visible TK plant/TK seed drop). Results indicated that drilling of pelleted seed to a depth of 0.6 cm into a thin layer (<1.27 cm) of compost mulch after soil temperatures reach 16 °C (mid-May in Northern Ohio) would give the highest stand by the fall harvest season. These studies provide insight into direct seeding of TK and a baseline to use for evaluating future generations of TK. View Full-Text
Keywords: dandelion; direct seeding; mulch; natural rubber; Subsurfer; Taraxacum kok-saghyz dandelion; direct seeding; mulch; natural rubber; Subsurfer; Taraxacum kok-saghyz

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Keener, H.M.; Shah, A.; Klingman, M.; Wolfe, S.; Pote, D.; Fioritto, R. Progress in Direct Seeding of an Alternative Natural Rubber Plant, Taraxacum kok-saghyz (L.E. Rodin). Agronomy 2018, 8, 182.

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