Research on SD Biofertilizer Supported by National Science Foundation Grant

In an interview on “In the Moment” on SDPB Radio, researchers from four universities and a college discussed their collaboration to explore alternatives to synthetic fertilizer. With a $4 million National Science Foundation award, the scientific team is working on developing biofertilizers to improve sustainability and efficiency in South Dakota’s croplands.

Tanvi Govil, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Mines, emphasized the importance of creating more sustainable agricultural practices during the interview. Prasoon Diwakar, Ph.D., an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Mines, also highlighted the potential benefits of utilizing biofertilizers in place of traditional synthetic options.

Their research aims to address the environmental impact of synthetic fertilizers while enhancing crop productivity in South Dakota. By identifying and developing innovative biofertilizers, the team hopes to provide farmers with a more eco-friendly and efficient alternative for their agricultural needs. This collaborative effort represents a significant step towards promoting sustainable agriculture practices in the region.

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