Department of Soil Science

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

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

Department of Soil Science started its Masters’ program since 2000. The aim of this program is to train students able to conduct research in the soil system and environment in regard to physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the soil system and identification and management the 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., concentrations): Soil Chemistry and Fertility and Plant Nutrition; Soil Biology and Biotechnology; Soil Physics and Conservation, and Soil Resources and Land Evaluation.

The aim of the Ph.D. program in the Department of Soil Science which was started since 2009 is to handle and conduct scientific research 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 concentrations: Management Soil Fertility and Biotechnology or Management Soil Resources. More

Head of the Department of Soil Science
Hojat_Emami
Hojat Emami
Associate Professor
Department of Soil Science
hemami@um.ac.ir
+985138805846


Concentration areas offered by the Department of Soil Science
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Academic staff

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

Research

Recent journal articles

Omid Bayat, Karimi Karouyeh, A., & Hossein Khademi (2016). Stable isotope geochemistry of pedogenic carbonates in loess-derived soils of northeastern Iran: Paleoenvironmental implications and correlation across Eurasia. Quaternary International, 429 (3), 52-61.
A. Shahriari, F. Khormali, S. Vlaminck, M. Kehl, M. Frechen, Karimi Karouyeh, A., & E. Lehndorff (2016). Biomarkers in modern and buried soils of semi-desert and forest ecosystems of northern Iran. Quaternary International, 429 (3), 62-73.
Ranjbar, A., Emami, H., Khorassani, R., & Karimi Karouyeh, A. (2016). Soil Quality Assessments in Some Iranian Saffron Fields. Journal of Agriculture Science and Technology, 18 (3), 865-878.
Halajnia, A., Shahin Oustan, Nosratollah Najafi, Alireza Khataee, & Lakzian, A. (2016). Effects of Mg-Al Layered Double Hydroxide on Nitrate Leaching and Nitrogen Uptake by Maize in a Calcareous Soil. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 47 (9), 1162-1175.
Amin Ghafarpour, Farhad Khormali, William Balsam, Karimi Karouyeh, A., & Shamsollah Ayoubi (2016). Climatic interpretation of loess-paleosol sequences at Mobarakabad and Aghband, Northern Iran. Quaternary Research, 86 (1), 95-109.
Mazloom Ali Abadi, U., Emami, H., & Haghnia, G. (2016). Prediction the soil erodibility and sediments load using soil attributes. Eurasian Journal of Soil Science, 5 (3), 201-208.
Davarpanah, S., Tehranifar, A., Davarynejad, G., & Khorassani, R. (2016). Effects of foliar applications of zinc and boron nano-fertilizers onpomegranate (Punica granatum cv. Ardestani) fruit yield and quality. Scientia Horticulturae, 210 (0), 57-64.
Kahneh, E., Lakzian, A., Astaraei, A., & Khavazi Kazem (2016). Study Growth and N2-fixation of Alnus subcordata seedlings inoculated with different Frankia crushed nodules. Advances in Bioresearch, 7 (2), 155-161.
Mahmoudzadeh, M., Tehranifar, A., Fotovat, A., Shoor, M., & Kazemi, F. (2016). Phytoremediation using Poa pratensis balin lawn and sludge in Mashad industrial town treatment plant. IIOAB Journal, 7 (1), 224-231.
Jalali, G., Lakzian, A., Astaraei, A., Haddad-mashadrizeh, A., M. Azadvar, & E. Esfandiarpour (2016). Effects of Land use on the Structural Diversity of Soil Bacterial Communities in South Eastern Iran. Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia, 13 (3), 1739-1747.
Moghadasi Brojeni, S., Fotovat, A., F. Karimzadehb, Khazaei, H., Khorassani, R., & Lakzian, A. (2016). Effects of coated and non-coated ZnO nano particles on cucumber seedlings grown in gel chamber. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, 62 (12), 1-13.
Chakerolhosseini, M., Khorassani, R., Fotovat, A., & Majid Basirat (2016). Effect of foliar spray of calcium and zinc on yield, nutrients concentration and fruit quality of orange. IIOAB Journal, 7 (8), 124-129.

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science

Phone: +985138804693-5846

Fax: +985138807147