South Dakota’s Scientists Collaborate to Discover Alternatives to Synthetic Fertilizers: Reducing the Reliance and Creating a More Sustainable Agricultural Industry

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

A South Dakota scientific collaboration is working on finding alternatives to synthetic fertilizers. Researchers from South Dakota Mines, South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University, and Sitting Bull College are collaborating on the project, which is supported by a $4 million National Science Foundation award. The ultimate goal of the collaboration is to reduce the reliance on synthetic fertilizers, which can have negative environmental impacts.

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 sustainable and efficient solution for fertilizing croplands in South Dakota.

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 the way crops are grown in South Dakota, leading to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural industry.

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