Revolutionizing Farming: South Dakota Collaboration Seeks Alternatives to Synthetic Fertilizers

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

A South Dakota scientific collaboration is currently focusing on finding alternatives to synthetic fertilizer, with the goal of reducing reliance on these harmful chemicals. Researchers from South Dakota Mines, South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University, and Sitting Bull College are working together to develop biofertilizers, which are supported by a $4 million National Science Foundation award.

During an interview on “In the Moment” on SDPB Radio, 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 environmental impact of synthetic fertilizers by providing 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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