Jesmeet Kaur

Jesmeet Kaur


BioWRAP Team

Meet Jesmeet Kaur

Graduate Research Assistant

Institution: South Dakota School of MinesDepartment: Chemical and Biological EngineeringEmail: [email protected]

I hail from Madhya Pradesh, India with a Master’s of Science in Biotechnology from Jaypee University of Information Technology, India. My work mostly revolves around microbiology, the most recent being ‘Microbially accelerated CO2 sequestration’ under Dr. Rajesh Sani. My focus while I work toward my PhD  in the BioWRAP project is tuning and characteristics of alternative bioplastics and field testing of the bioplastics.



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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