More than 12,500 plants produce latex, a colorless to white milky sap that contains, among other things, natural rubber. However, this industrially indispensable raw material is found in only three plants in a quality required to produce high-performance rubber products such as car tires. more
Dr. Fred Eickmeyer
Fred Eickmeyer, born in 1965, studied horticulture at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, where he specialized in genetics and plant breeding for his doctorate. After working as a breeder at Deutsche Saatveredelung, and as the head of seed breeding and a project manager at Saatzucht Steinach, he set up his own company, Eskusa, in Parkstetten, Germany, in 2010. He currently employs a staff of ten and has established a large research and development network with close links into practical agriculture.
“Chance favors the prepared mind.”
In 2018, Dr. Eickmeyer was awarded the Ernst Pelz Award for Renewable Raw Materials for his work on breeding and growing Russian Dandelion as a source of rubber and latex raw materials.
Dr. Eickmeyer works in the fields of plant breeding, plant cultivation development, seed grafting, seedling production. His interest is particularly focused on medicinal plants, plants as raw materials for industry, wild herbs, biomass perennials as well lupins.