Research on SD Biofertilizer Supported by National Science Foundation Grant

Collaborative Research Team Awarded $4 Million Grant to Develop Sustainable Biofertilizers in South Dakota

A group of researchers from four institutions in the region have come together to explore alternatives to synthetic fertilizer. The team, which includes South Dakota Mines, South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University, and Sitting Bull College, has been awarded a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop biofertilizers that improve sustainability and efficiency in South Dakota’s croplands.

Prasoon Diwakar, Ph.D., an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at South Dakota Mines, spoke about the importance of creating more sustainable agricultural practices during an interview on “In the Moment” on SDPB Radio. Tanvi Govil, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemical and biological 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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