Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department

In 1995, the School of Agriculture at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad became the first school in Iran which offered a degree in Biotechnology. In designing this new area of research several factors such as conserving the environment by limiting the use of energy, land and water, preserving genetic diversity, and decreasing the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers were taken into consideration. The Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department trains highly-professional graduates both at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. The department also aims at introducing interdisciplinary branches of science according to the academic environment and job demands in Iran and around the world.

The aim of the Master’s program in the Department of Biotechnology and Plant Breeding is to educate specialists in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, to employ new techniques in Molecular Breeding such as Genetic Engineering, and also to enhance students’ plant breeding skills by preparing them to participate in research projects in labs, greenhouses, or fields. Students in the Master’s program can concentrate on Agricultural Biology or Plant Breeding.

The Ph.D. Program in Biotechnology and Plant Breeding is a coordinated set of research and scientific activities aimed at educating specialists in different aspects of Biotechnology such as Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Genetic Engineering, etc., which are applicable in agriculture. Ph.D. candidates should attend advanced courses in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology. The areas of specialization of the Ph.D. Program is Agricultural Biotechnology. More

Head of the Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department
Nasrin Moshtaghi
Associate Professor
Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department

Concentration areas offered by the Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department
Areas Bachelor's Master's Ph.D
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Academic staff

Abdolreza Bagheri
Mohammad Farsi
Saeid Malekzadeh Shafaroudi
Associate Professor
Hassan Marashi
Amin Mirshamsi Kakhki
Assistant Professor
Nasrin Moshtaghi
Associate Professor
Alireza Seifi
Assistant Professor
Farajollah Shahriari Ahmadi


Recent journal articles

Sharifi Sharifabad, A., Kanako Oizumi, Shosei Kubota, Bagheri, A., Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, S., Masaru Nakano, & Akira Kanno (2016). Double flower formation in Tricyrtis macranthopsis is related to lowexpression of AGAMOUS ortholog gene. Scientia Horticulturae, 1 (193), 337-345.
Razeghi Yadak, L., Azizi, M., Ziyaratnia, Bagheri, A., & Neamati, S. (2016). Evaluation in vitro culture of Kelussia odoratissima Mozaff and secondary metabolites production through suspension cultures. The Pharma Innovation, 5 (1), 74-80.
Maddahi, H., Khazaneh Dari, M., Aliabadian, M., Haji Gholi Kami, Mirshamsi Kakhki, A., & Mirshamsi, O. (2016). Mitochondrial DNA phylogeny of camel spiders (Arachnida: Solifugae) from Iran. Mitochondrial DNA, 2016 (0), 1-11.
Keykha Akhar, F., Bagheri, A., Moshtaghi, N., & Bahrami, A. (2016). Analysis of Chalcone Synthase and Chalcone Isomerase Gene Expression in Pigment Production Pathway at Different Flower Colors of Petunia Hybrida. Journal of Cell and Molecular Research, 8 (1), 8-14.
Shahriari, A., Bagheri, A., Bassami, M., Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, S., Alireza Afsharifar, & Ali Niazi (2016). Expression of Hemagglutinin–Neuraminidase and fusion epitopes of Newcastle Disease Virus in transgenic tobacco. Electronic Journal of Biotechnology, 22 (0), 38-43.
Khakdan, F., Mojtaba Ranjbar, Jaber Nasiri, Shahriari Ahmadi, F., Bagheri, A., & Houshang Alizadeh (2016). The relationship between antioxidant compounds contents and antioxidant enzymes under water-deficit stress in the three Iranian cultivars of basil (Ocimum basilicum L.). Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 38 (9), 1-15.
Shahriari Ahmadi, F., Tanhaeian, A., & Habibi, M. (2016). Biosynthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and its Inhibitory Effect on Growth and Virulence of Listeria monocytogenes. Iranian Journal of Biotechnology, 14 (3), 1-6.
F. Keykha, Bagheri, A., Moshtaghi, N., Bahrami, A., & A. Sharifi (2016). RNAi-induced silencing in floral tissues of Petunia hybrida by agroinfiltration: a rapid assay for chalcone isomerase gene function analysis. Cellular and Molecular Biology, 62 (10), 26-31.
Beihaghi, M., Marashi, H., Bagheri, A., & Mojtaba Sankian (2016). Transient Expression of CCL21Chemokine in Tobacco via Agroinfiltration. International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research, 7 (10), 430-436.
Farsad, A., Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, S., Moshtaghi, N., F. Fotouhi, & S. Zibaee (2016). effect of growth regulators on direct organogenesis and rooting in cotyledonary explant of lettuce (lactuca sativa L.TN 96-39) land race. Jordan Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 12 (2), 619-630.
Ameri, M., Lahouti, M., Bagheri, A., Sharifi Sharif Abad, A., & Keykha Akhar, F. (2016). Indirect regeneration from cotyledonary explants of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) at in vitro culture. International Journal of Advanced Research, 4 (11), 1451-1458.
A. Jafari, M. M. Forghanifard, Farsi, M., & M. Behroozian (2016). Comparative Morphological and Anatomical Study on Bellevalia Lapeyr. Sect. Conica and Nutans in Iran. International Journal of Biology, Pharmacy and Allied Sciences, 5 (1), 206-211.

Recent research projects

Moshtaghi, Nasrin, (2016). Studying the production of resistant chickpea to pod borer (Helicoverpa armigera) and without the antibiotic marker gene
Shahriari Ahmadi, Farajollah,tanhaeian, Abas,akhlaghi, Mahdi (2016). comparative effects of lactoferricin-Lactoframpyn and herbs on white button mushroom pathogenetic index (Agaricus bisporus).

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Plant Breeding Department

Phone: +985138804679-4722