Biofertilizers: A Collaborative Effort to Revolutionize Agriculture in South Dakota

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

A group of researchers from South Dakota Mines, South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University, and Sitting Bull College are collaborating on a project to find alternatives to synthetic fertilizer. The team, which includes Prasoon Diwakar, Ph.D., an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Mines, and Tanvi Govil, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Mines, is developing biofertilizers with the support of a $4 million National Science Foundation award.

During a recent interview on “In the Moment” on SDPB Radio, Diwakar and Govil discussed their research and shared their insights on the importance of finding sustainable solutions for fertilizing crops in South Dakota. They hope that by developing biofertilizers, they can reduce reliance on synthetic fertilizers, which have negative environmental impacts.

The collaboration aims 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 agricultural industry in South Dakota by leading to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way of growing crops. With this goal in mind, the team continues to work tirelessly towards developing effective biofertilizers that can benefit both farmers and the environment.

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