Md Woashib Shikder

Md Woashib Shikder


BioWRAP Team

Meet Md Woashib Shikder

Graduate Research Assistant

Institution: South Dakota School of MinesDepartment: Chemical and Biological EngineeringEmail: [email protected]
I am currently a doctoral candidate majoring in Chemical and Biological Engineering at South Dakota Mines. I earned my Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh back in 2020. After that, I worked as a Process Engineer at Super Petrochemical Ltd. for around three years. At present, my research pursuits center around the biopolymer biodegradation kinetics and functionalized biopolymer synthesis. Outside of my professional realm, I enjoy listening to music, hiking and reading philosophical books. LinkedIn


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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