Ajay Sharda

Ajay Sharda


BioWRAP Team

Meet Ajay Sharda


Institution: Kansas State UniversityDepartment: Carl and Melinda Department of Biological and Agricultural EngineeringEmail: [email protected]

In 1998 I received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, India. From 1998 to 1999, I worked for Escorts Ltd. as a service and sales engineer and then returned to Punjab University in 1999 to receive master’s in farm power and machinery, joining the farm power and machinery department as a research assistant. In 2007, I took a sabbatical to join the biosystems engineering doctorate program at Auburn University. I left my position at Punjab Agricultural University in January 2012 and became a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems at Washington State University and in 2013 I accepted a position at Kansas State University as an assistant professor and was promoted to Professor in 2023.



Frequently Asked Questions

We understand there are many questions you may have in regards to BioWRAP. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions that we receive.

The long-term goal is to create a locally-sourced, customizable, spray-on biopolymer-based films to serve as soil cover that can be synchronized to crop growth cycles under differing climatic conditions and applied using precision agricultural equipment. The system would also support socioeconomic resiliency, positive bioeconomic cycles, biotechnology adoption, sustainable crop production, and soil health in EPSCoR states.

Transforming biopolymers into a local material will equitably distribute the costs and benefits of biotechnology adoption by crop producers and support rural workforce development. Creating a protective, but permeable spray-on biopolymer cover will provide physical weed suppression, enable crop producers to reduce herbicide use, protect soil ecosystem diversity, effectively manage field edges, help conserve natural resources, buffer waterways from agrochemical runoff, enhance land productivity, and increase crop production resiliency.

We hypothesize that adoption of BioWRAP technology will vary by region and producer characteristics, climate conditions, soil type, and underlying preferences will lead to differential adoption across regions and cropping systems. Our team plans to assess the potential market for BioWRAP using structured group discussions in locations where producers and purchasers/retailers to gain the most accurate assessment of the market potential of biodegradable biofilm technology.

Initial testing will include corn and soybeans. Application of the product may include autonomous spray platforms as well as field scale commercial sprayers.

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