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SNU_IGEM- Fight Against Stubble Fires
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One of the major environmental issues currently plaguing the Indian sub-continent is air pollution. About 17% of this is caused by a very preventable practice- Crop burning/Stubble fires. Due to few to no alternatives available, farmers are often forced to use the cheapest method of removal- burning away leftover stubble after harvest. Especially in Northern India, where the use of combine harvesters is high, the removal of leftover stubble is costly and time/labour intensive.
 The Delhi govt. along with the scientists at ICAR-PUSA developed a biological agent to combat this, but the drawbacks of time, efficiency and cost are too high for our farmers to use.

To combat this, an interdisciplinary team from Shiv Nadar University is hoping to participate in the 2021 iGEM competition on synthetic biology.

Using tools from synthetic biology we propose to create a biological system, that would safely and efficiently degrade stubbles leftover, removing the need for burning. Our proposed system is cost, labour and time effective and can efficiently degrade stubble in less than a month. The added benefit is that our system can easily convert the stubble into fertilizers, enriching the soil nutrients for the next crop to be sowed.  

We believe that participating in the international iGEM competition would enable us to use this global platform in raising support for this cause and help us come up with a possible product that we can see the farmers of our nation use.

But perusing this project is a challenge- we require funds to develop and participate in it. With your help, we can pursue our journey to participate in this competition and come up with a solution to this problem and raise awareness about it, bring in a positive change for a better tomorrow and cleaner air for us to breathe.
Help us by donating as much as possible for this cause, no matter how small, each rupee counts for us!
Thank you.


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