Mostafa Sadeghnejad

Mostafa Sadeghnejad


BioWRAP Team

Meet Mostafa Sadeghnejad

Graduate Research Assistant

Institution: Kansas State UniversityDepartment: Geography and Geospatial SciencesEmail: [email protected]
As a Ph.D. student and graduate research assistant in Geography at Kansas State University, I am passionate about using GIS and Remote Sensing to address soil and water management, agriculture, and environmental challenges. I have more than three years of experience in conducting research and teaching in the fields of geomatics, geostatistics, and digital soil mapping.

I hold a master’s degree in GIS and Remote Sensing from Azad University, where I also worked as a lab assistant and an instructor for more than three years. I have also obtained certificates in Digital Soil Mapping from Wageningen University, GIS for Earth Scientists from Utrecht University, and Spatial and Spatiotemporal Computing from OpenGeoHub Foundation. I have skills in GIS, Spatial Analysis, Modeling, Remote Sensing, Soil Science, Agriculture, Digital Soil Mapping, and Geostatistics. I received an outstanding workshop lecturer award from the 25th Geomatics Conference of NCC for my contribution to the field. Modeling, Remote Sensing, Soil Science, Agriculture, Digital Soil Mapping, and Geostatistics.



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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