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Plants, Volume 9, Issue 10 (October 2020) – 155 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Rubber dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz Rodin; TK) has received attention for its natural rubber [...] Read more. Rubber dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz Rodin; TK) has received attention for its natural rubber content as a strategic biomaterial, and a promising, sustainable, and renewable alternative to synthetic rubber from fossil carbon sources. Extensive research on the domestication and rubber content of TK has demonstrated TK’s potential in industrial applications as a relevant natural rubber and latex-producing alternative crop. However, its floral development remains poorly characterized. TK inflorescences were studied by scanning electron microscopy. Nine stages of early inflorescence development are proposed, and floral micromorphology is detailed. This description of inflorescence and flower development in TK sheds light on the complex process of flowering, pollination, and reproduction in this important natural rubber- and latex-producing alternative crop. View this paper.