South Dakota Scientists Collaborate to Develop Biofertilizers for Sustainable Agriculture

Grant from the National Science Foundation funds research on sustainable development biofertilizers in South Dakota

In an interview on “In the Moment” on SDPB Radio, a South Dakota scientific collaboration was discussed that is focused on finding alternatives to synthetic fertilizers. This project involves researchers from South Dakota Mines, South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University, and Sitting Bull College who are working together to develop biofertilizers.

The researchers, led by Prasoon Diwakar, Ph.D., an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at South Dakota Mines, and Tanvi Govil, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Mines, shared their insights on their research. They are hopeful that by developing biofertilizers, they can create a more sustainable and efficient solution for fertilizing croplands in South Dakota.

The ultimate goal of the collaboration is to reduce the reliance on synthetic fertilizers, which can have negative environmental impacts. By developing biofertilizers, the researchers aim to provide farmers with a more natural and eco-friendly option for enhancing soil fertility and crop yields. This research project has the potential to revolutionize the way crops are grown in South Dakota, leading to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural industry.

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