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Fostering Sustainability: A Collaboration of South Dakota Researchers Developing Biofertilizers to Replace Synthetic Fertilizers

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

Fostering Sustainability: A Collaboration of South Dakota Researchers Developing Biofertilizers to Replace Synthetic Fertilizers

In an exclusive interview on SDPB Radio’s “In the Moment,” a South Dakota scientific collaboration was discussed that is focused on finding alternatives to synthetic fertilizers. This project brings together 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 team, 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 during the interview. They are optimistic about the potential of biofertilizers to create a more sustainable and efficient solution for fertilizing croplands in South Dakota.

The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to reduce the reliance on synthetic fertilizers, which 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 agriculture in South Dakota, leading to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly industry.

With a $4 million National Science Foundation award supporting their work, this team of scientists is confident that they can make a significant impact on South Dakota’s agricultural landscape. Their research will not only benefit farmers but also help protect our planet by reducing the use of harmful chemicals in farming practices.

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