In a recent interview with “In the Moment” on SDPB Radio, researchers from South Dakota Mines, South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University and Sitting Bull College discussed their collaboration to research alternatives to synthetic fertilizer. With a $4 million National Science Foundation award, a scientific team is working to develop biofertilizers to improve sustainability and efficiency in South Dakota’s farmland.

Prasun Divakar, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering at South Dakota Mines, shared his insights into the project, emphasizing the importance of creating more sustainable agricultural practices. Tanvi Govil, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Mines, also highlighted the potential benefits of using biofertilizers instead of traditional synthetic options.

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

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