The commercialization of cultivation and the large-scale use of Russian dandelion rubber, taking into account possible joint uses, are the overarching objectives of the project consortium. Rapid achievement of economic viability will be possible through building on the success in breeding, agriculture and raw material processing of completed projects, and identified weaknesses will be addressed through targeted exploitation research. The interdisciplinary team consisting of a university, research institutes, breeding and commercialization companies and an additional network of service providers will collaborate in a targeted manner on questions in the fields of breeding, breeding methodology, agronomy of seed production and plant processing. Overall, it aims to improve cultivation through performance breeding and reduce costs in upstream areas, thereby accelerating commercialization.
“RNAi_safe” pursues a methodological approach to answer open questions about the safe use of RNAi technology in plant protection. The project aims at detecting and evaluating of potential exposure pathways and effects of dsRNA-based plant protection products in target organisms (long-term effects), crops (secretion, depot formation) and the extended food web (off-target organisms). Further, it will help in developing expertise to evaluate methods for assessing plant protection products, using RNAi technology as a mode of action. Finally, existing methods for assessing dsRNA-based plant protection products in the risk assessment will be developed and evaluated.