South Dakota Researchers Unveil Innovative Project to Replace Synthetic Fertilizers with Biofertilizers

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

A group of researchers from four universities in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Sitting Bull College are collaborating on a project to find alternatives to synthetic fertilizer. The $4 million National Science Foundation award supports their efforts to develop biofertilizers, which could lead to a more sustainable and efficient solution for fertilizing crops in the region.

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 hope that by developing biofertilizers, they can create a more natural and eco-friendly option for farmers to enhance soil fertility and crop yields.

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 sustainable solution that will benefit both their crops and the environment. This research project has the potential to revolutionize agriculture in South Dakota and beyond by leading to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly industry.

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