Natural Rubber Production

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: 140D6319C0040
Agency Tracking Number: D18C-001-0062
Amount: $224,887.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: ST18C-001
Solicitation Number: 2018.3
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-13
Small Business Information
303 East Wacker Drive Suite 1040, Chicago, IL, 60601
DUNS: 116722214
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Katrina Cornish, Ph.D., FNAI, FAAAS
 (330) 263-3982
 cornish.19@osu.edu
Business Contact
 Timothy Madden
Phone: (330) 247-7181
Email: tjmadd@gmail.com
Research Institution
 The Ohio State University Ohio Agri
 Marie Montano
 1680 Madison Ave
Wooster, OH, 44691
 (614) 688-3227
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Rubber is pervasive in our economy, with over 50,000 products requiring natural rubber (NR), including military grade tires. Yet significant global shortfalls are projected. Rubber dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz) produces natural rubber (cis-1,4, -polyisoprene) in root latex vessels (laticifers) almost identical to rubber from the tropical rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). Problem: Cost-effective field production is not yet possible due to slow growth rates, weeds, and a short growing season. Solution: Hydroponic systems have no weed or dirt problems, and are not subjected to productivity limitations related to weather, day length or season, resulting in plants reaching a size suitable for analysis and harvest in weeks, not months. The project team will produce plants which preferentially target assimilated carbon to rubber instead of to the storage carbohydrate, inulin, by integrating high throughput, optimized, hydroponics to generate roots of selected and modified plants, using combined CRISPR/Cas9 and other genetic technologies. The team will adapt these plants to American Sustainable Rubbers innovative hydroponic system to achieve four harvests a year of high root growth and rubber. Outcome/Benefit: A several fold increase in rubber yield achieved through adaptive and optimized vertical hydroponic farming, using 4-D technology, integrating 3D indoor cultivation + 1D multiplication of harvest

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