Department of Animal Science

Department of Animal Science at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of Animal Nutrition, Animal Genetics and Breeding, Animal Biotechnology, Farm Animal Physiology and Management. The Department was nominated and selected as “The Center for Excellence in Animal Science” in 2000 for a 10 year duration. The research priority in this department is “The application of Agricultural Sciences in farms and the effective utilization of agricultural by-products for milk, meat and egg production”.

The aim of the Department of Animal Science which was established in 1975 is to train undergraduate students as experts for working in farms managing the production units. For the postgraduate students the aim is to make them capable of planning, doing research, advising animal and agricultural farms and feeding pre-parathion industries. There is a strong tradition of training outstanding students and researchers in the field of Animal Science in our department in the Khorasan Razavi province, North-East of Iran.

The Master’s program (launched in 1987) attempts to train MS students to become capable of carrying out research in the fields of Animal Nutrition, Animal Physiology, Animal Nutrition, Genetics, Poultry Nutrition as well as supervision of farm animals and feed.

Educational areas of specialization in the M.S. program are: Genetics and Breeding, Animal Physiology, Animal Nutrition, Poultry Nutrition

In the Ph.D. program we aim to train students to become capable of solving animal production problems through appropriate research with respect to environmental sustainability. We also try to develop effective teaching skills in Ph.D. students.

Educational areas of specialization in the Ph.D. program are: Ruminant Nutrition, Animal Genetics and Breeding, Poultry Nutrition. More

Head of the Department of Animal Science
Seyed Alireza Vakili
Associate Professor
Department of Animal Science

Concentration areas offered by the Department of Animal Science
Areas Bachelor's Master's Ph.D
Animal Science
Animal Genetics and Breeding
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Animal Nutrition  -
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Poultry Nutrition
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Animal Physiology -
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Academic staff

Mohsen Danesh Mesgaran
Seyed Hadi Ebrahimi
Assistant Professor
Ahmad Hassanabadi
Ali Javadmanesh
Assistant Professor
Hassan Kermanshahi
Reza Majidzadeh Heravi
Assistant Professor
Abbas Ali Naserian
Mohammadreza Nassiri
Mohammad Hadi Sekhavati
Assistant Professor
Mohammad Mahdi Shariati
Assistant Professor
Abdol Mansour Tahmasbi
Mojtaba Tahmoorespur
Seyed Alireza Vakili
Associate Professor
Reza Valizadeh
Heydar Zarghi
Assistant Professor
Saeed Zerehdaran


Recent journal articles

Rahmani, M., Golian, A., Kermanshahi, H., & Bassami, M. (2018). Effects of curcumin or nanocurcumin on blood biochemical parameters, intestinal morphology and microbial population of broiler chickens reared under normal and cold stress conditions. Journal of Applied Animal Research, 46 (1), 200-209.
Teimouri, H., Zarghi, H., & Golian, A. (2018). Evaluation of Hull-Less Barley with or without Enzyme Cocktail in the Finisher Diets of Broiler Chickens. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 20 (3), 469-483.
Abdolvahabi, S., Zaeemi, M., Mohri, M., & Naserian, A. (2018). The hematological profile changes in Saanen goat kids from birth to 3 months of age. Iranian Journal of Veterinary Science and Technology, 1 (10), 33-38.
Gholizade, M., Nassiri, M., & Haddad-mashadrizeh, A. (2018). Bioinformatics analysis of upstream regions and protein structure of fungal phytase gene. Archives of Razi Institute, 73 (3), 229-237.
Yousefi, S., Abbassi Daloii, T., Sekhavati, M., & Tahmoorespur, M. (2018). Evaluation of immune responses induced by polymeric OMP25-BLS Brucella antigen. Micobial Pathogenesis, 115 (1), 50-56.
Naseroleslami, R., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Tahmasbi, A., Vakili, S., & Ebrahimi, S. (2018). Influence of barley grain treated with alkaline compounds or organic extracts on ex vivo site and extent of digestion of starch. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences, 31 (2), 230-236.
Allah Do, P., Ghodrati, J., Zarghi, H., Saadatfar, Z., Kermanshahi, H., & Edalatian Dovom, M. (2018). Effect of Probiotic and Vinegar on Growth Performance, Meat Yields, Immune Responses, and Small Intestine Morphology of Broiler Chickens. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 17 (3), 675-685.
M. Sharifi, M. Bashtani, Naserian, A., H. Farhangfar, & A. Emami (2018). The effect of grapeseed oil on performance, rumen fermentation, antioxidant status and subcutaneous adipose fatty acid profile in lambs. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 102 (1), 157-165.
Shariati, M., Zerehdaran, S., F. Pourbayramian, Sh. Hasanvand, & K. Mohammadi (2018). Genetic evaluation of survival and productivity traits in Arman crossbred sheep. Revista Colombiana de Ciencias Pecuarias, 31 (2), 83-92.
Bakhshalinejad, R., Hassanabadi, A., Nassiri Moghaddam, H., & Zarghi, H. (2018). The effects of dietary calcium iodate on productive performance, egg quality and iodine accumulation in eggs of laying hens. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 102 (3), 746-754.
Sekhavati, M., Sayed Morteza Hossieni, Mojtaba Tahmoorespur, Kamran Ghaedi, Farnoosh Jafarpour, Mehdi Hajan, Kyanoosh Dormiani, & Mohammad Hossain Najd-isfahani (2018). PhiC31-based Site-Specific Transgenesis System for Production of Transgenic Bovine Embryos by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer and I‎ntracytoplasmic Sperm Injection. Cell Journal, 20 (1), 98-107.
Ebrahimi, S., Valizadeh, R., & Vahideh Heidarian Miri (2018). Rumen microbial community of Saanen goats adapted to a high-fiber diet in the northeast of Iran. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 8 (2), 271-279.
Hajati, H., Hassanabadi, A., Golian, A., Nassiri Moghaddam, H., & Nassiri, M. (2018). The Effect of Grape Seed Extract Supplementation on Performance, Antioxidant Enzyme Activity, and Immune Responses in Broiler Chickens Exposed to Chronic Heat Stress. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 8 (1), 109-117.
Zarnegar, Z., Ebrahimi, S., Naserian, A., & Valizadeh, R. (2018). In Vitro Rumen Fermentation and Furans Degradation Potential of Rock Candy Juice and Sugarcane Molasses. Indian Journal of Animal Nutrition, 35 (1), 46-52.
Vosooghi, V., Tahmasbi, A., Naserian, A., Valizadeh, R., & Ebrahimi, S. (2018). The Effect of Intermittent Watering on Performance, Blood Metabolites, and Nutrient Digestibility in Baluchi Lambs. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences, 0 (0), 0-0.
Fani Maleki, A., & Sekhavati, M. (2018). Application of phiC31 integrase system in stem cells biology and technology: a review. Frontiers in Life Science, 11 (1), 1-10.
Tanhaeian, A., Shahriari Ahmadi, F., Sekhavati, M., & Mamarabadi, M. (2018). Expression and Purification of the Main Component Contained in Camel Milk and Its Antimicrobial Activities Against Bacterial Plant Pathogens. Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins, 5 (4), 1-9.
Pirzadehnaeini, A., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Vakili, S., & Ebrahimi, S. (2018). Effect of Physical Processing of Pea (Pisum sativum) on Nitrogen Fractionation and Intestinal Protein Digestion. Journal of Veterinary Science and Technology, 9 (2), 1-5.
Nassiri, M., , , , , , , , , & (2018). A genetic polymorphism in the CYP1B1 gene in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus: an Iranian Mashhad cohort study recruited over 10 years. Pharmacogenomics, 19 (6), 539-546.
Ghofrani Tabari, D., Kermanshahi, H., Golian, A., & Majidzadeh Heravi, R. (2018). In Vitro Binding Potentials of Bentonite, Yeast Cell Wall and Lactic Acid Bacteria for Aflatoxin B1 and Ochratoxin A. Iranian Journal of Toxicology, 12 (2), 7-13.
Akbari Moghaddam Kakhki, R., Bakhshalinejad, R., , & Golian, A. (2018). Effect of High and Low Stocking Density on Age of Maturity, Egg Production, Egg Size Distribution in White and Brown Layer Hens: A Meta-analysis. Poultry Science Journal, 6 (1), 71-87.
Soleimani Roudi, P., Golian, A., Bassami, M., Haghparast, A., & Majidzadeh Heravi, R. (2018). Effect of In Ovo Injection of VG/GA Vaccine, an Apathogenic Enteric Strain of Newcastle Disease Vaccine and Aluminum Hydroxide as an Adjuvant on Hatchability and Immune Response of Commercial Pullets. Poultry Science Journal, 6 (1), 11-18.
Pakbaten, B., Majidzadeh Heravi, R., Kermanshahi, H., Sekhavati, M., Javadmanesh, A., & Mohamadi, M. (2018). Production of Phytase Enzyme by a Bioengineered Probiotic for Degrading of Phytate Phosphorus in the Digestive Tract of Poultry. Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins, 10 (2), 1-8.
Ebrahimi, S., Ebrahimi, S., Naserian, A., & Valizadeh, R. (2018). A New Low Protein Feeding Strategy for Enhancing Nitrogen Utilization in Lactating Dairy Cows. Journal of Veterinary Science and Technology, 9 (2), 1-8.
Soleimani Roudi, P., Golian, A., Haghparast, A., Bassami, M., & Majidzadeh Heravi, R. (2018). Effect of adjuvants on in ovo vaccination against Newcastle disease on hatchability, performance and antibody titres in commercial pullets. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 102 (4), 1-8.
Nabizadeh, A., Golian, A., Hassanabadi, A., & Zerehdaran, S. (2018). Effects of isolated soy protein and broken rice in corn-soy pre-starter diet on performance, intestinal microflora, and gut morphology in broiler chickens. Journal of Applied Poultry Research, 27 (2), 133-144.
H. Saleh, Golian, A., Kermanshahi, H., & M. T. Zirakzehi (2018). Antioxidant status and thigh meat quality of broiler chickens fed diet supplemented with α- tocopherolacetate, pomegranate pomace and pomegranate pomace extract. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 17 (2), 386-395.
R. Moradi Marjaneh, S. M. Hassanian, , Gordon A. Ferns, A. Karimi, M. H. Jazayeri7, Nassiri, M., A. Avan, & M. Khazaei (2018). Targeting the death receptor signaling pathway as a potential therapeutic target in the treatment of colorectal cancer. Journal of Cellular Physiology, 233 (6), 1-12.
Khodambashi Emami, N., Golian, A., Danesh Mesgaran, M., N. B. Anthony, & D. D. Rhoads (2018). Mitochondrial biogenesis and PGC-1α gene expression in male broilers from ascites-susceptible and -resistant lines. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 102 (1), 482-485.
Attar, A., Kermanshahi, H., & Golian, A. (2018). Effects of conditioning time and sodium bentonite on pellet quality, growth performance, intestinal morphology and nutrient retention in finisher broilers. British Poultry Science, 59 (2), 190-197.
Kermanshahi, H., Shakouri, M., & Daneshmand, A. (2018). Effects of non-starch polysaccharides in semi-purified diets on performance, serum metabolites, gastrointestinal morphology, and microbial population of male broiler chickens. Livestock Science, 214 (6), 93-97.
Majdeddin, M., Golian, A., Kermanshahi, H., , & (2018). Guanidinoacetic acid supplementation in broiler chickens fed on corn-soybean diets affects performance in the finisher period and energy metabolites in breast muscle independent of diet nutrient density. British Poultry Science, 59 (4), 443-451.
M. Ghanipoor-samami, Javadmanesh, A., B. M. Burns, D. A. Thomsen, G. S. Nattrass, C. Amor S. Estrella, K. L. Kind, & S. Hiendleder (2018). Atlas of tissue- and developmental stage specific gene expression for the bovine insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system. PLOS One, 13 (7), 1-28.
E. Taghavi, R. Daneshvar, Z. Noormohammadi, S. M.h. Modarressi, M. R. Sedaghat, & Nassiri, M. (2018). EVALUATION OF RS2165241 SNP IN EXFOLIATION GLAUCOMA PATIENTS OF KHORASAN PROVINCE. Bionature, 38 (4), 232-239.
Eftekhari, S., Hassanabadi, A., Tahmasbi, A., Golian, A., & Nassiri Moghaddam, H. (2018). The effect of hydroalcoholic extract of angelica (Heracleum persicum) fruit on performance, immune responses, small intestine histology, haematological parameters and carcass characteristics of broiler chickens. Journal of Applied Animal Research, 46 (1), 1336-1343.
Nazifi, N., Tahmoorespur, M., Sekhavati, M., Haghparast, A., & M. A. Behroozikhah (2018). Engineering, Cloning and Expression of DNA Sequence Coding of OMP31 Epitope of Brucella melitensis linked to IL-2 in Escherichia coli. International Journal of Infection, 5 (3), 1-7.
Eyni, B., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Vakili, S., & Valizadeh, R. (2018). Effect of Varying Sources of Energy and Protein in Glucogenic a nd Lipogenic Dairy Diets on in Vitro Rumen Microbial Nitrogen Yield and Duodenal Utilizable Crude Protein. Transylvanian Review, 26 (28), 7589-7604.
Vahedi, F., Nassiri, M., , & Javadmanesh, A. (2018). Evaluation of Different Signal Peptides Using Bioinformatics Tools to Express Recombinant Erythropoietin in Mammalian Cells. International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics, 2018 August 18 (2018), 1-7.
Shojaei, M., Tahmoorespur, M., M. Soltani, & Sekhavati, M. (2018). Immunogenicity evaluation of plasmids encoding Brucella melitensis Omp25 and Omp31 antigens in BALB/c mice. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, 21 (9), 957-964.
Shojaei, M., Tahmoorespur, M., M. Soltani, & Sekhavati, M. (2018). In silico cloning and bioinformatics study of Brucella melitensis Omp31 antigen in different mammalian expression vectors. Journal of Livestock Science and Technologies, 6 (1), 65-76.
Vosooghi, V., Tahmasbi, A., Naserian, A., Valizadeh, R., & Ebrahimi, S. (2018). Effect of Water Deprivation and Drinking Saline Water on Performance, Blood Metabolites, Nutrient Digestibility, and Rumen Parameters in Baluchi Lambs. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 8 (3), 445-456.
Hamid Reza Izadnia, Tahmoorespur, M., M. R. Bakhtiarizadeh, Nassiri, M., & S. Esmaeilkhanien (2018). Gene expression profile analysis of residual feed intake for Isfahan native chickens using RNA-SEQ dat. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 2018 September 11 (2018), 1-15.
A. Mohammadi, S. Hassani, Zerehdaran, S., M. Bagheri, & Mirshahi, A. (2018). Genetic Evaluation of Some Carcass Characteristics Assessed by in vivo Real Time Ultrasonography in Baluchi Sheep. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 8 (3), 457-468.
J. C. Plaizier, Danesh Mesgaran, M., H. Derakhshani, H. Golder, E. Khafipour, J.l.kleen, I. Lean, J. Loor, G. Penner, & Q. Zebeli (2018). Enhancing gastrointestinal health in dairy cows. Animal, 12 (9), 1-20.
Tanhaeian, A., Sekhavati, M., Shahriari Ahmadi, F., & Mamarabadi, M. (2018). Heterologous expression of a broad-spectrum chimeric antimicrobial peptide in Lactococcus lactis: Its safety and molecular modeling evaluation. Micobial Pathogenesis, 125 (1), 51-59.
Ali Khatibjoo, Kermanshahi, H., Golian, A., & M. Zhaghari (2018). The effect of n-6/ n-3 fatty acid ratios on broiler breeder performance, hatchability, fatty acid profile and reproduction. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 102 (4), 986-998.
Seyed Amir Kasnavi, Mehdi Aminafshar, Shariati, M., Nasser Emam Jomeh Kashan, & Mahmood Honarvar (2018). The effect of kernel selection on genome wide prediction of discrete traits by Support Vector Machine. Gene Reports, 11 (1), 279-282.
Sahebi Ala, F., Hassanabadi, A., & Golian, A. (2018). Effects of dietary supplemental methionine source and betaine replacement on the growth performance and activity of mitochondrial respiratory chain enzymes in normal and heat-stressed broiler chickens. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 0 (0), 1-13.
Naghavi, M., Sekhavati, M., Tahmoorespur, M., & Nassiri, M. (2018). Design and Production of a Novel Recombinant Chimeric IL2-Omp31 Antigen against Brucella Infection. Archives of Razi Institute, 73 (3), 199-206.
Davoudi, S., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Vakili, S., Valizadeh, R., & A. G. Pirbalouti (2018). Effect of Supplementing Mixed Plant Essential Oils on Milk Yield and Composition, Ruminal Fermentation, and Candidate Blood Parameters of Holstein Lactating Dairy Cows. Transylvanian Review, 26 (32), 8269-8275.
Nassiri, M., Hosseini, S., S. Ghovvati, & Mahsa, Z. (2018). Evaluation of Estrogen Receptor α and ß Genes Expression in Normal and Neoplastic Mammary Gland in Dogs by Real-time PCR. Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine, 16 (2), 140-146.
A. Ashayerizadeh, B. Dastar, M. Shams Shargh, A.r. Sadeghi Mahoonak, & Zerehdaran, S. (2018). Effects of feeding fermented rapeseed meal on growth performance, gastrointestinal microflora population, blood metabolites, meat quality, and lipid metabolism in broiler chickens. Livestock Science, 216 (4), 183-190.
Akram Shabani, Fatollah Boldaji, Behrouz Dastar, Taghi Ghoorchi, & Zerehdaran, S. (2018). Preparation of fish waste silage and its effect on the growth performance and meat quality of broiler chickens. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 98 (11), 4097-4103.
Ehtesham, S., Vakili, S., Danesh Mesgaran, M., & V. Bankova (2018). The Effects of Phenolic Compounds in Iranian Propolis Extracts on in vitro Rumen Fermentation, Methane Production and Microbial Population. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 8 (1), 33-41.
Parand, E., Vakili, S., & Danesh Mesgaran, M. (2018). Comparing Logistic and Michaelis-Menten Multiphasic Models for Analysis of in vitro Gas Production Profiles of some Starchy Feedstuffs. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 8 (3), 407-414.
Tanhaeian, A., Azghandi, M., Razmyar, J., Mo, E., & Sekhavati, M. (2018). Recombinant production of a chimeric antimicrobial peptide in E. coli and assessment of its activity against some avian clinically isolated pathogens. Micobial Pathogenesis, 122 (5), 73-78.
A. Khatibi Shahri, Danesh Mesgaran, M., & D. Zahmatkesh (2018). Rumen Fermentation Responses to Dairy Diets Differing in Protein Degradation Potential and Processed Barley Grain. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 8 (4), 575-582.
Hoseinzade, M., Kermanshahi, H., M. R. Sanjabi, Golian, A., M. Azin, & Majidzadeh Heravi, R. (2018). Comparison of Different selenium Sources on Performance, Serum Attributes and Cellular Immunity in Broiler Chickens. Poultry Science Journal, 6 (2), 189-201.
Karim Hasanpur, Nassiri, M., & Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh (2018). The comparative analysis of phenotypic and whole transcriptome gene expression data of ascites susceptible versus ascites resistant chickens. Molecular Biology Reports, 0 (0), 1-12.
Mahdavi, M., Nassiri, M., Mohammad Mahdi Kooshyar, Vakili Azghandi, M., Amir Avan, Ryan Sandry, Suja Pillai, Alfred King Yin Lam, & Vinod Gopalan (2018). Hereditary breast cancer; Genetic penetrance and current status with BRCA. Journal of Cellular Physiology, 2018;1–10. (2018), 1-10.
Edalati Nacab, M., Naserian, A., Vakili, S., & Tahmasbi, A. (2018). Effects of Using Mentha pulegium and Ziziphora clinopodioides Essential Oils as Additive on in vitro study. Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia, 15 (1), 217-227.
Mazinani, M., Naserian, A., Danesh Mesgaran, M., & Valizadeh, R. (2018). Effects of Adding Coated Urea on in vitro Gas Production of Dairy Cow. Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia, 15 (2), 343-350.
Rezaeenia, A., Naserian, A., Valizadeh, R., Tahmasbi, A., & A. Mokhtarpour (2018). Effect of dietary inclusion of date seed (Phoenix dactylifera L.) on intake, digestibility, milk production, and milk fatty acid profile of Holstein dairy cows. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 50 (7), 1427-1433.
Pedram Torabian, Mohamad Dehestani, Azra Izanloo, Nassiri, M., & Mohammad Mahdi Kooshyar (2018). Extra-lymphatic lymphoma located in the breast, liver and thyroid. Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche, 177 (11), 658-660.
Monir-sadat Shakeri, Shahidi, F., Mortazavi, S., Bahrami, A., & Nassiri, M. (2018). Combination of competitive PCR and cultivation methods for differential enumeration of viable Lactobacillus acidophilus in bio-yoghurts. International Journal of Dairy Technology, 71 (4), 1-6.
Tanhaeian, A., Mahmoud Reza Jaafari, Shahriari Ahmadi, F., & Sekhavati, M. (2018). Secretory Expression of a Chimeric Peptide in Lactococcus lactis: Assessment of its Cytotoxic Activity and a Deep View on Its Interaction with Cell-Surface Glycosaminoglycans by Molecular Modeling. Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins, 23 (2), 1-8.
Hosseini, S., Tahmoorespur, M., Sekhavati, M., Hassan Monhemi, & Nassiri, M. (2018). Designing of a Functional Chimeric Protein for Production of Nanobodies Against Human CD20: Molecular Dynamics Simulation and In Vitro Verification. International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics, 2018 December 04 (2018), 1-7.
Seyed Amin Razavi, Mehrdad Pourjafar, Ali Hajimohammadi, Valizadeh, R., Naserian, A., Richard Laven, & Kristina Ruth Mueller (2018). Effects of dietary supplementation of bentonite and yeast cell wall on serum blood urea nitrogen, triglyceride, alkaline phosphatase, and calcium in high-producing dairy cattle during the transition period. Comparative Clinical Pathology, (0), 0-0.
Hosseini Vardanjani, S., Shariati, M., Hossein Moradi-shahrebabak, & Tahmoorespur, M. (2018). Incorporating Prior Knowledge of Principal Components in Genomic Prediction. Frontiers in Genetics, 9 (1), 1-9.
Karami, K., Zerehdaran, S., Javadmanesh, A., Shariati, M., & Hossien Fallahi (2018). Attribute selection and model evaluation for the maternal and paternal imprinted genes in bovine -Bos Taurus - using supervised machine learning algorithms. Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, 1 (1), 1-13.
Zarghi, H. (2018). Application of Xylanase and β-Glucanase to Improve Nutrient Utilization in Poultry Fed Cereal Base Diets: Used of Enzymes in Poultry Diet. Insights in Enzyme Research, 02 (1), -.

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Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science

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