Global Crop Production vs Stubble burning:
A side-by-side comparison
In the Indian crop ﬁelds:
You see stubble, tractors and … PLASTICS
Non-biodegradable plastics are a menace.
Currently, only a few alternatives are available to the farmer to stop them from burning their ﬁelds.
We are planning to engineer Bacillus subtilis that can secrete enzymes and break down the stubble of various crops, including rice, wheat, soybeans, millets, and maize. The engineered Bacillus strain can be added to the stubble in the ﬁelds to promote decomposition of the stubble. The engineered bacterial strain can be induced under in vitro conditions to partially decompose wheat and paddy straw to extract vanillin which can further be converted into bioplastic. Our Solution
1. Source: Singh et al., 2017
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1. Stubble burning near campus (video) - Nirul Ranjan Patra (BS-MS IISER Bhopal)
1. Singh, G., Gupta, M.K., Chaurasiya, S. et al. Rice straw burning: a review on its global prevalence and the sustainable alternatives for its effective mitigation. Environ Sci Pollut Res 28, 32125-32155 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-021-14163-3