Department of Agronomy

The outlook of the Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding on crop production is based on region-friendly production and environmentalism, while creating an all-around and consolidated attitude toward agricultural production. This Department established its Bachelor’s program in 1995. The aim of this program is to train students who are experts in the fields of Crop Production, Regional Planning and research, as well as being able to play roles as instructors in agricultural high schools, coordinators of agricultural research, or as directors of public and private agricultural production units.

The Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding started its Master’s program in 2008 with the aim of training specialists who are experts in planning and management of agricultural sectors and in teaching and conducting research in private and public sectors.

The doctoral program at the Department of Agronomy accepted candidates since 1994. The aim of this program is to train agronomy specialists to lead advanced research programs and teaching, coordinate the programs to deal with challenges, application and development of resources and improving efficiency in agronomy programs. Student in this program can study in Agro-Environment Studies (Agroecology). More

Head of the Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding
Mohammad Khajeh Hosseini
Associate Professor
Department of Education

Concentration areas offered by the Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding
Areas Bachelor's Master's Ph.D
Agronomy and Plant Breeding
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Agronomy-Crop Ecology -
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Agronomy-Crop Physiology -
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Identification and Weed Control -
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Agroecology -
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Academic staff

Ghorban Ali Asadi
Associate Professor
Ali Ghanbari
Associate Professor
Reza Ghorbani
Morteza Goldani
Associate Professor
Kamal Hajmohammadnia Ghalibaf
Assistant Professor
Ebrahim Izadi Darbandi
Associate Professor
Mohsen Jahan
Associate Professor
Mohammad Kafi
Mohammad Khajeh Hosseini
Associate Professor
Surur Khorramdel
Associate Professor
Alireza Koocheki
Mehdi Nassiri Mahallati
Ahmad Nezami
Mahdi Parsa
Associate Professor
Mehdi Rastgoo
Associate Professor
Parviz Rezvani Moghaddam
Reza Tavakkol Afshari


Recent journal articles

Boroomandan, P., Ghanbari, A., Ezatollah Farshadfar, & Rastgoo, M. (2017). A Research About Plant Density Changes and Weeding Effects on Yield and Yield Components of Maize (Zea mays L.) in the Middle of the Growing Season. Biharean Biologist, 11 (2), 106-111.
Seyyedi, S., Rezvani Moghaddam, P., Khajeh Hosseini, M., & Hamid Shahandeh (2017). Improving of Seed Quality of Black Seed (Nigella Sativa L.) By Increasing Seed Phosphorus Content in a Calcareous Soil. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 40 (2), 197-206.
Mosaedi, A., M. Ghabaei Sough, S.h. Sadeghi, Y. Mooshakhian, & Bannayan Aval, M. (2017). Sensitivity analysis of monthly reference crop evapotranspiration trends in Iran: a qualitative approach. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 128 (3), 857-873.
Moghadasi Brojeni, S., Fotovat, A., F. Karimzadehb, Khazaei, H., Khorassani, R., & Lakzian, A. (2017). Effects of coated and non-coated ZnO nano particles on cucumber seedlings grown in gel chamber. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, 63 (8), 1108-1120.
Milad Nouri, Mehdi Homaee, Bannayan Aval, M., & , Gerrit Hoogenboom (2017). Towards shifting planting date as an adaptation practice for rainfedwheat response to climate change. Agricultural Water Management, 186 (0), 108-119.
Milad Nouri, Mehdi Homaee, & Bannayan Aval, M. (2017). Quantitative Trend, Sensitivity and Contribution Analyses of Reference Evapotranspiration in some Arid Environments under Climate Change. Water Resources Management, 31 (6), 2207-2224.
Ali Masoumi, Nabati, J., & Kafi, M. (2017). The influence of drought stress on photosynthetic pigments and some metabolic contents of two Kochia scoparia ecotypes in saline condition. Advances in Bioresearch, 8 (4), 55-61.
Hosseini, A., Neamati, S., Khajeh Hosseini, M., & Arouiee, H. (2017). Effects Of Different Nitrogen And Solupotasse. Fertilizer Rate On Yield And Yield Components Of Potato. IIOAB Journal, 8 (1), 93-97.
Tahami, M., Jahan, M., Khalilzade, H., & Mehdizadeh Hakkak, M. (2017). Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria in an ecological cropping system: a study on basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) essential oil production. Industrial Crops and Products, 107 (0), 97-104.
Setayesh, R., Kafi, M., & Mohammad Zare Mehrjerdi (2017). Low sensitivity to photoperiod may increase potato yield in short day through the maintenance of sink and source balance. Pakistan Journal of Botany, 49 (3), 929-933.
Shariatmadari, M., Parsa, M., Nezami, A., & Kafi, M. (2017). The effects of hormonal priming on emergence, growth and yield of chickpea under drought stress in glasshouse and field. Bioscience Research, 14 (1), 34-41.
Ranjbar, F., M. Pessarakli, Rezvani Moghaddam, P., & Koocheki, A. (2017). Responses of Anise Medicinal Plant Species in Terms of Essential Oil Contents and Concentrations to Different Planting Times and Various Nitrogen Fertilizer Sources under SemiArid Climatic Conditions. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 48 (7), 801-807.
Taherirad, A., Khojastehpour, M., Rohani, A., Khorramdel, S., & A.nikkhah (2017). Energy flow modeling and predicting the yield of Iranian paddy cultivars using artificial neural networks. Energy, 135 (1), 405-412.
Moghadasi Brojeni, S., Fotovat, A., A. H. Khoshgoftarmanesh, F. Karimzadeh, Khazaei, H., & Khorassani, R. (2017). Bioavailability of Coated and Uncoated ZnO Nanoparticles to Cucumber in Soil With or Without Organic Matter. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 144 (1), 543-551.
Hatami, Z., Rezvani Moghaddam, P., Rashki, A., Nassiri Mahallati, M., & B. Habibi Khaniani (2017). Effects of dust deposition from two major dust source regions of Iran on wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) production. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 74 (6), 991-1000.
Kamyab, M., Kafi, M., H.shahsavand Hassani, Goldani, M., & Shokouhifar, F. (2017). Biochemical mechanisms of salinity tolerance in new promising salt tolerant cereal, tritipyrum (TriticumDurum× Thinopyrum Bessarabicum). Australian Journal of Crop Science, 11 (6), 701-710.
M. Nouri, M. Homaee, & Bannayan Aval, M. (2017). Climate variability impacts on rainfed cereal yields in west and northwest Iran. International Journal of Biometeorology, 61 (9), 1571-1583.
Salehnia, N., Alizadeh, A., Sanaei Nejad, S., Bannayan Aval, M., Zarrin, A., & G. Hoogenboom (2017). Estimation of meteorological drought indices based on AgMERRA precipitation data and station-observed precipitation data. Journal of Arid Land, 9 (6), 797-809.
A. Mamedi, Tavakkol Afshari, R., & M.oveisi (2017). Cardinal temperatures for seed germination of three Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) cultivars. , 47 (1), 89-100.
Shirmohammadi, K., Ghanbari, A., Rastgoo, M., E.r Zand, & M. A. Baghestani Maybodi (2017). Determination of intraspecific and interspecific competition of different varieties of wheat (Triticum aestivum) and weeds in the area of Gilavand. Journal of Research in Ecology, 5 (2), 1052-1059.

Recent research projects

Parsa, Mahdi (2017). Heavy metals effects on biological nitrogen fixation in bean
Koocheki, Alireza (2017). Evaluation of relationship between fertilization management and farm age with behavior of replacement corms of saffron (Crocus sativus L.) on the basis of farm trials in Torbat-e Heydarieh
Karbasi, Ali Reza,koocheki, Alireza (2017). Evaluation of relationship between planting density and water requirment with replacement corms yield and economic water use efficiency in saffron: on the basis of on farm trials in Torbat-e Heydarieh
Nezami, Ahmad,nabati, Jafar,oskoueian, Armin,izadi Darbandi, Ebrahim (2017). Evaluation of chickpea (Cicer arentinum L.) growth and yield improvement influenced to biofertilizers
Jahan, Mohsen,nassiri Mahallati, Mehdi (2017). Meta analysis of the effect of super absorbent application for crops in Iran
Izadi Darbandi, Ebrahim,,mehdikhani, Hadi (2017). Study of Flora and Distribution of Weeds in Pistachio (Pistacia Vera) Orchards of Kerman County
Koocheki, Alireza,rezvani Moghaddam, Parviz (2017). Influence of lateral buds removal and mother corm size on daughter corms behavior, flower yield and nutrient uptake of saffron (Crocus sativus L.)
Khorramdel, Surur,shabahang, Javad (2017). Statistical description of yield and yield components of wheat with soil physical, and chemical criteria using stepwise regression
Bicharanloo, Bahareh,rezvani Moghaddam, Parviz,asadi, Ghorban Ali (2017). Pollination improvement of seed Onion (Allium cepa L.) by using intercropping with medicinal insect absorbent plants, Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and Ajowan (Carum copticum Heirn)
Khorramdel, Surur,koocheki, Alireza,nassiri Mahallati, Mehdi (2017). Assessing of virtual water for some agricultural crops in Iran
Rezvani Moghaddam, Parviz,moalem Banhangi, Fatemeh (2017). Optimization of different levels of Nitrogen and Phosphorus fertilizers in saffron (Crocus sativus L.) cultivation by using central composite design
Rezvani Moghaddam, Parviz,nassiri Mahallati, Mehdi,khorramdel, Surur,moalem Banhangi, Fatemeh (2017). Monetary Value of Agroecosystem Services of Saffron Fields in Razavi and Southern Khorasan Provinces
Hajmohammadnia Ghalibaf, Kamal,koocheki, Alireza (2017). Investigation of non-chemical methods of weed control in saffron (Crocus sativus) field
Khorramdel, Surur,sadeghi, Zahra (2017). Meta analysis of soil fertilizers on agronomic criteria and yield of saffron
Koocheki, Alireza,shabahang, Javad,khorramdel, Surur (2017). Effects of mother corm weight and nutrient management on agronomic criteria and flower and corm yield of saffron on the basis of on-farm
Khorramdel, Surur,shabahang, Javad,moalem Banhangi, Fatemeh (2017). Effect of cow manure and leaf spraying on flower and corm yield of saffron (Crocus sativus L.) using a response surface modeling
Bannayan Aval, Mohammad,asadi, Sara,yaghoubi, Fatemeh (2017). Trend analysis of spatio-temporal changes of temperature, precipitation and agricultural drought indices in Iran
Khorramdel, Surur,nassiri Mahallati, Mehdi,ebrahimi, Mohammad Javad,moalem Banhangi, Fatemeh (2017). Effect of cow manure and K fertilizer on flower and corm yield of saffron (Crocus sativus L.) using a response surface modeling
Khorramdel, Surur,nassiri Mahallati, Mehdi,latifi, Hoda (2017). Comparison between energy, environmental and economical indicators of irrigated wheat and saffron agroecosystems in Khorasan-e Razavai
,,rastgoo, Mehdi (2017). Evaluation the hardness effect of bicarbonate and chloror form of magnesium and sodium on the efficacy of clodinafop propargyl and sulfusulfuron herbicide
Goldani, Morteza,bannayan Aval, Mohammad,mohammad Abadi, Ahmad,yaghoubi, Fatemeh,valaei, Niusha (2017). The effect of different irrigation levels on evapotranspiration and yield of two cultivar of basil
Nassiri Mahallati, Mehdi,moalem Banhangi, Fatemeh,khorramdel, Surur (2017). Evaluation of environmental impacts of saffron agroecosystems in Khorasan Province affected as field size by using Life Cycle Assessment
Khorramdel, Surur,nassiri Mahallati, Mehdi,hooshmand, Mina,mostafavi, Mohammad Javad (2017). Optimization of N and P fertilizer rates on yield and efficiency indices of wheat using a central composite design
,azari, Seyed Jalal,solouki, Hessamoddin,nezami, Ahmad,nabati, Jafar,kafi, Mohammad (2017). Screening of deci Chickpea genotypes (Cicer arietinum L.) for cold tolerance
Mostafavi, Mohammad Javad,khorramdel, Surur,nassiri Mahallati, Mehdi,hooshmand, Mina (2017). Evaluation of carbon Footprint for saffron production systems in Khorasan Provinces
Izadi Darbandi, Ebrahim,azimi, Marzieh,hasanfard, Alireza (2017). Study of wild barley (Hurdeum spantaneum) and rey (Secale cereale L) freezing tolerance Compared to wheat (Triticum aestivum) under controlled conditions
Bannayan Aval, Mohammad,yaghoubi, Fatemeh,valaei, Niusha,rashidi, Zahra (2017). The effect of tillage systems and residue management on soil water conservation and water use efficiency of wheat

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding

Phone: +985138804679, 5793

Fax: +985138807140