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

Mohammad Javad Ahmadi-lahijani
Assistant Professor
Ghorban Ali Asadi
Associate Professor
Farnoosh Fallahpour
Assistant Professor
Ali Ghanbari
Associate Professor
Morteza Goldani
Associate Professor
Kamal Hajmohammadnia Ghalibaf
Assistant Professor
Ebrahim Izadi Darbandi
Associate Professor
Mohsen Jahan
Associate Professor
Mohammad Kafi
Behnam Kamkar
Mohammad Khajeh Hosseini
Soroor Khorramdel
Associate Professor
Mehdi Nassiri Mahallati
Ahmad Nezami
Mahdi Parsa
Associate Professor
Mehdi Rastgoo
Associate Professor
Parviz Rezvani Moghaddam
Reza Tavakkol Afshari


Recent journal articles

Kafi, M., Nabati, J., Ahmadi-lahijani, M., & Oskoueian, A. (2021). Silicon Compounds and Potassium Sulfate Improve Salinity Tolerance of Potato Plants through Instigating the Defense Mechanisms, Cell Membrane Stability, and Accumulation of Osmolytes. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 52 (8), 843-858.
Saeid Hassanpour Bourkheili, Javid Gherekhloo, Kamkar, B., & S. Sanaz Ramezanpour (2021). No fitness cost associated with Asn-2041-Ile mutation in winter wild oat (Avena ludoviciana) seed germination under various environmental conditions. Scientific Reports, 11 (1), -.
Saeid Hassanpou Bourkheili, Javid Gherekhloo, Kamkar, B., & S. Sanaz 4 Ramezanpour (2021). Mechanism and pattern of resistance to some ACCase inhibitors in winter wild oat (Avena sterilis subsp. ludoviciana (Durieu) Gillet & Magne) biotypes collected within canola fields. Crop Protection, 143 (), 105541-.
Nabati, J., Hasanfard, A., Nezami, A., Ahmadi-lahijani, M., & Elaheh Boroumand Rezazadeh (2021). Gas exchange variables as promising criteria for screening freezing‐tolerant faba bean ( Vicia faba L.) landraces at early growth stages. Legume Science, 3 (1), -.
Seyyedghasemi, S., Rezvani Moghaddam, P., & Masoud Esfahani. (2021). Optimization of biochar and nitrogen fertilizer in rice cultivation. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 44 (12), 1705-1718.
Nabati, J., Ahmadi-lahijani, M., Goldani, M., Nezami, A., Oskoueian, A., Hosseinian, M., & Mohammadi, M. (2021). Lowering medium pH improves tolerance of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) plants to long-term salinity exposure. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 44 (13), 1853-1868.
Mohammad Mahdi Hafezi Ghehestani, Arman Azari, Asghar Rahimi, Shahab Maddah-hosseini, & Ahmadi-lahijani, M. (2021). Bacterial siderophore improves nutrient uptake, leaf physiochemical characteristics, and grain yield of cumin (Cuminum cyminum L.) ecotypes. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 44 (12), 1794-1806.
Ahmadi-lahijani, M., Kafi, M., Nezami, A., Nabati, J., & John Erwin (2021). ABA and BAP improve the accumulation of carbohydrates and alter carbon allocation in potato plants at elevated CO2. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants, 27 (2), 313-325.
Goldani, M., Dolatkhahi, A., Parsa, M., Vahdati Mashhadian, N., & Rasouli, Z. (2021). Investigation of improving the drought tolerance in persian petunia (Petunia sp.) by exogenous application of salicylic acid and gibberellic acid. Acta Scientiarum Polonorum, Hortorum Cultus, 20 (1), 37-48.
Siabi, N., Mousavi Baygi, M., Hasheminia, S., & Bannayan Aval, M. (2021). Winter warming detection using temperature and precipitation anomalies in arid and semi-arid areas. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 12 (5), 1871-1890.
Karimzadeh Soureshjani, H., Nezami, A., Nabati, J., Ehsan Oskoueian, & Ahmadi-lahijani, M. (2021). The Physiological, Biochemical, and Molecular Modifications of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) Seedlings Under Freezing Stress. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 41 (3), 1109-1124.
Goldani, M., Bannayan Aval, M., & Yaghoubishahneshinsofla, F. (2021). Crop water productivity and yield response of two greenhouse basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) cultivars to deficit irrigation. Water Science and Technology-Water Supply, 21 (7), 3735-3751.
Nabati, J., Nezami, A., Hasanfard, A., & Rastgoo, M. (2021). Selection of lentil (Lens culinaris medik.) genotypes by assessing phenological, morphological, yield and yield attributes. Iran Agricultural Research, 40 (1), 51-60.
Koocheki, A., Nassiri Mahallati, M., Javadi, M., & Davarpanah, S. (2021). ارزیابی کارایی مصرف آب در کشت مخلوط سه گیاه آفتابگردان Helianthus annuus L.) پنبه Gossypium spp) و چغندر علوفه‌ای Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris L.)) با تاکید بر الگوی کشت سنتی آن در خراسان. Journal of Agroecology, (), -.
Kamkar, B., Seyed Esmaeil Razavi, Hamid Reza Sadeghipour, & Alvaro Lopez Bernal (2021). Would it be possible to use nonpathogenic fungi to improve the turnover of crop residues?. Journal of Basic Micobiology, 61 (8), 721-735.
Mijani, S., Rastgoo, M., Ghanbari, A., Nassiri Mahallati, M., & Jose L. Gonzalez-andujar (2021). Development of a new thermal time model for describing tuber sprouting of Purple nutsedge ( Cyperus rotundus L.). Weed Research, 61 (6), 431-442.
Kiamarsi, Z., Kafi, M., Mohsen Solaimani, Nezami, A., & Stanley Lutts (2021). Evaluating the bio-removal of crude oil by vetiver grass (Vetiveria zizanioides L.) in interaction with bacterial consortium exposed to contaminated artificial soils. International Journal of Phytoremediation, 24 (5), 483-492.
Jahan, M., Javadi, M., Einallah Hesami, & Muhammad B. Amiri (2021). Nutritional Management Improved Sesame Performance and Soil Properties: a Function-Based Study on Sesame as Affected by Deficit Irrigation, Water Superabsorbent, and Salicylic Acid. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 21 (4), 2702-2717.
Ehsan Neamatollahi, Akbari, M., Tavakkol Afshari, R., & Mohammad Alizadeh Noughani (2021). Interactive Effects of Residue and Tillage Methods on Growth, Yield and Yield Components of Melon. Agrivita, 43 (3), 635-647.
Nabati, J., Seyedeh Mahboube Mirmiran, Nezami, A., Ahmadi-lahijani, M., & Elaheh Boroumand Rezazadeh (2021). Screening lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) genotypes for fall sowing and low temperature tolerance. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, (), -.
Moalem, F., Rezvani Moghaddam, P., Asadi, G., & Khorramdel, S. (2021). Do corm seeding rate and planting depth influence growth indicators of saffron (Crocus sativus L.)?. Industrial Crops and Products, 174 (174), 114145-114145.
Roozkhosh, M., Zabihollahazami-sardooei, Farnaz Fekrat, Behroz Khalil-tahmasebi, Rastgoo, M., & Ahmad Jahanbakhshi (2021). Tolerance to dodder (Cuscuta campestris L.) in citrus species of south of Kerman province – Iran. Journal of the Saudi Society of Agricultural Sciences, 21 (5), 331-338.
S. M. Mirmiran, Nezami, A., Kafi, M., Nabati, J., & Karimzadeh Soureshjani, H. (2021). Selection of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) landraces for fall planting and freezing tolerance. Iran Agricultural Research, 40 (1), 71-82.
Yaghoubi, F., Bannayan Aval, M., & Asadi, G. (2021). Changes in spatio-temporal distribution of AgMERRA-derived agro-climatic indices and agro-climatic zones for wheat crops in the northeast Iran. International Journal of Biometeorology, 66 (3), 431-446.
Meghdad Karvar, Arman Azari, Asghar Rahimi, Shahab Maddah Hosseini, & Ahmadi-lahijani, M. (2021). Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) enhance drought tolerance and grain yield of sweet corn (Zea mays L.) under deficit irrigation regimes. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 44 (2), -.
Vahdatpour, F., Arouiee, H., Khodayar Hemmati, Kamkar, B., & Fatemeh Sheikh (2021). Leaf Area Index, Dry Matter Accumulation and Allocation Trends in Vicia faba L. Affected by Inoculation with Rhizobium and Pseudomonas. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 23 (4), 903-914.
Janalizadeh, M., Nezami, A., Khazaei, H., Goldani, M., & Hassan Feizi (2021). Magnetic Field and Application of Silicon Dioxide Nano-Particles Alter the Chlorophyll Content and Chlorophyll a Fluorescence Parameters in Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) under Water Stress Conditions. Asian Journal of Research and Review in Agriculture, 3 (4), 93-112.
Hosseini, N., Izadi Darbandi, E., Hassan Karimmojeni, & Nezami, A. (2021). The morphological and physiological traits of Cucumis sativus- Phelipanche aegyptiaca association affected by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi symbiosis. Journal of Crop Protection, 10 (4), 669-684.
Maryam Zarghami Moghadam, Shoor, M., Nemati, S., & Nezami, A. (2021). Evaluation of 13 Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Cultivars Response to Drought Stress. Journal of Ornamental plants, 11 (2), 109-121.
Bahamin, S., Koocheki, A., Nassiri Mahallati, M. (2021). بررسی اثر کودهای بیولوژیک و شیمیایی نیتروژن و فسفر بر عملکرد و شاخص‌های کارایی عناصر غذایی در ذرت تحت تنش خشکی. , (), -.
Farrokhi, E., Nassiri Mahallati, M., Koocheki, A. (2021). شبیه‌سازی رشد و نمو گوه‌فرنگی (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) تحت شرایط تنش خشکی: 2- شبیه‌سازی بهره‌وری آب، زیست‌توده و عملکرد. , 35 (5), 627-643.
Amjadian, M., Jahan, M., & Hajmohammadnia Ghalibaf, K. (2021). The Effect of Nitrogen and Moisture Superabsorbent on the Yield, Biological Traits, and Nitrogen Percentage in the Pumpkin seeds. Annual Research & Review in Biology, (), -.

Recent research projects

Ahmadi-lahijani, Mohammad Javad,nabati, Jafar,,kafi, Mohammad (2021). Effect of foliar application of polyamines on morphophysiological and biochemical traits and drought tolerance of German chamomile Matricaria chamomila L.
Jahan, Mohsen,nassiri Mahallati, Mehdi (2021). Study of the effect of future climate change on sesame phenological stages in Mashhad using general atmospheric circulation models
Kamkar, Behnam,mijani, Sajad (2021). Determination of optimal level of herbicides application according to the chemical properties of water (acidity, salinity and pH) to reducing the consumption and maximizing their efficiency (A case study: Mashhad plain)

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding

Phone: +985138804679, 5793

Fax: +985138807140