The Department of Plant Growing has joined the implementation of a joint Ukrainian-American project on alternative energy

February 15, 2022
    The grant project “Proactive Recycling of Sewage Sludge to Improve Marginal Land Quality for Sustainable Biofeedstock Production in Ukraine “(G-202102-67449 and M / 58-2021 dated 17.11.2021) is being implemented as a part of the cooperation between the U.S. Civil Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) (International Scientific Cooperation for Peace and Prosperity) and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine under a grant proposal 2021 U.S. - Ukraine Alternative Energy Research Competition.

    The participants of the project are Candidate of Agricultural Sciences Nataliya Didenko; Doctor of Philosophy, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Water Problems and Land Reclamation of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine Yaroslava Mosiychuk; Candidate of Agricultural Sciences, Deputy Head of Sarny Research Station of the Institute of Water Problems and Land Reclamation of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine Mykola Zosymchuk; Doctor of Agricultural Sciences Professor Mykola Kharytonov; Candidate of Agricultural Sciences Sciences, Leading Researcher of Dnipro State Agrarian and Economic University Mykhailo Babenko; Candidate of Agricultural Sciences Sciences, Associate Professor of Kherson State Agrarian and Economic University Serhii Lavrenko; Doctor of Philosophy, Assistant at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine Bohdan Mazurenko. They are closely working with Islam Rafiq, PhD, and Rahman Mohammad, PhD, the scientists from Ohio State University.



    Joint research and the development of research opportunities allow scientists to work on critical issues of security, economics, education and other social needs; promote peace and prosperity by funding civilian research projects that support global nuclear non-proliferation goals; support the application of scientific and technological developments for economic growth through international cooperation, training, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization; improve basic and technical education through the development of scientific research.

    The project is based on the integration of holistic and innovative approaches in improving the use of sewage sludge on unproductive lands in order to obtain bio-raw materials of sugar sorghum and create the necessary economic opportunities in Ukraine.

     The project relates to the following areas: technological bioenergy, agriculture (soil science, agriculture, plant biology), wastewater, their treatment and use. The above mentioned issues complement fuel and energy needs, mitigate the environment and revive the economy.

    The goal of the project is to develop mutually productive and technically innovative research cooperation between Ohio State University and institutes / universities in Ukraine in order to join forces and create a stable source of bioresources to support energy independence.

    The main goals are:

  • to study and evaluate the growth, productivity and basic parameters of sugar sorghum on unproductive (marginal) lands fertilized with sewage sludge;
  • to assess the impact of biosolids (sewage sludge) and sugar sorghum on soil quality;
  • to support research and disseminate knowledge based on experimental data to all stakeholders.



Bohdan Mazurenko,
PhD in Agronomy,
Assistant of the Department of Plant Growing

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