South Dakota Scientists Collaborate to Develop Sustainable Biofertilizers: An Interview with Prasoon Diwakar and Tanvi Govil

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

In a recent interview on “In the Moment” on SDPB Radio, a South Dakota scientific collaboration was discussed that is working towards finding alternatives to synthetic fertilizers. The researchers involved in this project come from South Dakota Mines, South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University, and Sitting Bull College. They are collectively working to develop biofertilizers, which are supported by a $4 million National Science Foundation award.

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 are hopeful that by developing biofertilizers, they can create a more sustainable and efficient solution for fertilizing croplands in South Dakota.

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 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.

The researchers involved in this project recognize the importance of finding sustainable solutions for agriculture in order to protect the environment and preserve natural resources for future generations. Through their work on biofertilizers, they hope to create a more sustainable agricultural industry that benefits not only farmers but also consumers who want healthy produce grown without harmful chemicals.

Overall, this South Dakota scientific collaboration is an important step towards creating a more sustainable future for agriculture in our state. As Prasoon Diwakar and Tanvi Govil continue their research on biofertilizers, we can look forward to seeing how it will impact our local communities and contribute to a healthier planet for all of us.

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