Department of Soil Science

The Department of Soil Science, established in 1994 at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. programs. The areas of study in this department are:

  • Identification of soil formation, classification and survey of agricultural soils
  • Identification of physical, chemical, and biological factors influencing plant growth
  • Management of soil fertility and plant nutrition
  • Identification of factors involved in soil erosion and soil conservation and management

The Department of Soil Science started its Masters’ program in 2000. The aim of this program is to train students to conduct research in the fields of soil system and the environment concerning the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the soil system and identification and management of environmental pollutants in soil and water resources. Students admitted to this program can choose to complete their studies in one of the following majors (i.e., areas of specializations):

  • Soil Chemistry and Fertility and Plant Nutrition
  • Soil Biology and Biotechnology
  • Soil Physics and Conservation
  • Soil Resources and Land Evaluation

The aim of the Ph.D. program in the Department of Soil Science which was started in 2009 is to handle and conduct scientific research programs that fall within the study of soil science. The emphasis of such research is on soil survey, soil physics, soil chemistry, soil biology and biotechnology, soil fertility, soil and water conservation, and soil pollution. Prospective Ph.D. students can choose one of the following areas of specializations:

  • Management Soil Fertility
  • Biotechnology or Management Soil Resources More

Head of the Department of Soil Science
Hojat Emami
Associate Professor
Department of Soil Science

Concentration areas offered by the Department of Soil Science
Areas Bachelor's Master's Ph.D
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Academic staff

Ali Reza Astaraei
Associate Professor
Hojat Emami
Associate Professor
Amir Fotovat
Akram Halajnia
Assistant Professor
Alireza Karimi
Associate Professor
Reza Khorassani
Associate Professor
Amir Lakzian


Recent journal articles

Omid Bayat, Hamidreza Karimzadeh, Karimi, A., Mostafa Karimian Eghbal, & Hossein Khademi (2017). Paleoenvironment of geomorphic surfaces of an alluvial fan in the eastern Isfahan, Iran, in the light of micromorphology and clay mineralogy. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 10 (91), 1-11.
Davarpanah, S., Tehranifar, A., Davarynejad, G., Mehdi Aran, & Khorassani, R. (2017). Effects of Foliar Nano-nitrogen and Urea Fertilizers on the Physical and Chemical Properties of Pomegranate (Punica granatum cv. Ardestani) Fruits. HortScience, 52 (2), 288-294.
Karimi, A., Haghnia, G., Shamsollah Ayoubi, & Safari, T. (2017). Impacts of geology and land use on magnetic susceptibility and selected heavy metals in surface soils of Mashhad plain, northeastern Iran. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 138 (3), 127-134.
Mousavi Shalmani, M., Lakzian, A., Khorassani, R., Kazem Khavazi, & Mohammad Zaman (2017). Interaction of Different Wheat Genotypes and Nitrification Inhibitor 3,4-Dimethylpyrazole Phosphate (DMPP) Using 15N Isotope Tracing Techniques. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 0 (0), 1247-1258.
Karimi, A., Haghnia, G., Safari, T., & Haddadian, H. (2017). Lithogenic and anthropogenic pollution assessment of Ni, Zn and Pb in surface soils of Mashhad plain, northeastern Iran. Catena, 157 (157), 151-162.
Nasrin Ghorbanzadeh, Lakzian, A., Halajnia, A., Ui-kyu Choi, Ki-hyun Kim, Jong-oh Kim, Mayur Kurade, & Byong-hun Jeon (2017). Impact of Bioreduction on Remobilization of Adsorbed Cadmium on Iron Minerals in Anoxic Condition. Water Environment Research, 89 (6), 519-526.
Karimi, A., Farhad Khormali, & Xin Wang (2017). Discrimination of sand dunes and loess deposits using grain-size analysis in northeastern Iran. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 10 (12), 1-13.
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.
Molaei, A., Lakzian, A., Haghnia, G., Astaraei, A., M.h. Rasouli-sadaghiani, M.t. Ceccherini, & R. Datta (2017). Assessment of some cultural experimental methods to study the effects of antibiotics on microbial activities in a soil : An incubation study. Plos One, 12 (7), 1-14.
Mahmoudabadi, E., Karimi, A., Haghnia, G., & Sepehr, A. (2017). Digital soil mapping using remote sensing indices, terrain attributes, and vegetation features in the rangelands of northeastern Iran. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 189 (10), 1-20.
Ahmadi, J., Farzam, M., & Lakzian, A. (2017). Invesigating effect of a prescribed spring fire on the symbiosis between mycorrhiza fungi and some rangeland plant species. Journal of Rangeland Science, 7 (2), 138-147.
Lakzian, A., Halajnia, A., & H. Hammami (2017). The Effect of Olive Husk Extract compared to the EDTA on Pb availability and some chemical and biological properties in a Pb-contaminated soil. International Journal of Phytoremediation, 20 (7), 643-649.
Molaei, A., Lakzian, A., Rahul Datta, Haghnia, G., Astaraei, A., M-h.rasouli-sadaghiani, & M. T. Ceccherini (2017). Impact of chlortetracycline and sulfapyridine antibiotics on soil enzyme activities. International Agrophysics, 31 (4), 499-505.
Amiri Khaboushan, E., Emami, H., M. R. Mosaddeghi, & Astaraei, A. (2017). Investigating the effect of vetiver and polyacrylamide on runoff, sediment load and cumulative water infiltration. Soil Research, 55 (8), 769-777.
Hatami, H., Fotovat, A., & Halajnia, A. (2017). Comparison of adsorption and desorption of phosphate on synthesized Zn-Al LDH by two methods in a simulated soil solution. Applied Clay Science, 152 (2), 333-341.
Fateme Naghi Zase Asl, Hamid Reza Asgari, Emami, H., & Mohammad Jafari (2017). Stabilization of drifting sands using micro silica-lime-clay mixture as a mulch. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 10 (536), 1-8.
Eskandari Torbaghan, M., Lakzian, A., Astaraei, A., Fotovat, A., & H. Besharati (2017). Salt and alkali stresses reduction in wheat by plant growth promoting haloalkaliphilic bacteria. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 17 (4), 1058-1073.
Abolhasani Zeraatkar, M., Lakzian, A., Fotovat, A., & Khorassani, R. (2017). Synthesis of organo-montmorillonite and its effect on soil urease and L-glutaminase activites. Eurasian Soil Science, 50 (5), 613-619.
Eslami, M., Khorassani, R., , , , , , Fotovat, A., & Halajnia, A. (2017). Leaching behaviour of a sandy soil amended with natural and NH4+ and K+ saturated clinoptilolite and chabazite. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, 0 (0), 1-11.

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science

Phone: +985138804693-5846

Fax: +985138807147