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

Philip Weyl, Asadi, G., Massimo Cristofaro, Biljana Vidovic, Radmila Petanovic, Francesca Marini, & Urs Schaffner (2020). The host range and impact of Aceria angustifoliae (Eriophyidae), a potential biological control agent against Russian olive, Elaeagnus angustifoliae (Elaeagnaceae) in North America. Biocontrol Science and Technology, 30 (1), 85-92.
Dolatkhahi, A., Shoor, M., Bannayan Aval, M., Tehranifar, A., & Alizadeh, A. (2020). Water Deficit Decreases Gas Exchange Parameters and Marketable Quality of Rosa hybrida ‘Club-Nika’ Irrespective of Training Systems. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 22 (3), 837-849.
Karimzadeh Soureshjani, H., Nezami, A., Kafi, M. (2020). The Effect of Deficit Irrigation on Dry Matter Partitioning, Mobilization and Radiation Use Efficiency of Common Bean (Phaseolus Vulgaris L.). Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 51 (3), 307-326.
Kiamarsi, Z., Kafi, M., M. Solaimani, Nezami, A., & Stanley Lutts (2020). Conjunction of Vetiveria zizanioides L. and oil-degrading bacteria as a promising technique for remediation of crude oil-contaminated soils. Journal of Cleaner Production, 253 (), 119719-119729.
Tavakkol Afshari, R., & Seyyedi, S. (2020). Salicylic acid priming before and after accelerated aging process increases seedling vigor in aged soybean seed. Journal of Crop Improvement, 34 (2), 218-237.
Bannayan Aval, M., Asadi, S., & Yaghoubishahneshinsofla, F. (2020). Time trend analysis of some agroclimatic variables during the last half century over Iran. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 140 (), 839-857.
Meisam Zargar, Lakzian, A., Rasooli, R., & Izadi Darbandi, E. (2020). Evaluation of PRE and POST Herbicides on Growth Features, Nodulation, and Nitrogen Fixation of Three Cultivars of Chickpea (Cicer aritiniumL.). Journal of Crop Science and Biotechnology, 23 (2), 157-162.
Momen, A., Koocheki, A., & Nassiri Mahallati, M. (2020). Analysis of the variations in dry matter yield and resource use efficiency of maize under different rates of nitrogen, phosphorous and water supply. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 43 (9), 1306-1319.
Tavakkol Afshari, R., & Seyyedi, S. (2020). Germination and gene expression as affected by aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid in deteriorated soybean seed. Journal of Crop Improvement, 34 (4), 505-517.
Jahan, M., & Nassiri Mahallati, M. (2020). Can Superabsorbent Polymers Improve Plants Production in Arid Regions?. Advances in Polymer Technology, 2020 (), 1-8.
Gheshlaghi, Z., Khorassani, R., Fotovat, A., & Kafi, M. (2020). Glutathione supplementation prevents iron deficiency in Medicago scutellata grown in rock sand under different levels of bicarbonate. Plant and Soil, 446 (1), 43-63.
Tavakkol Afshari, R. (2020). Exogenousγ-aminobutyric acid can alleviate the adverse effects of seedaging on fatty acids composition and heterotrophic seedling growth inmedicinal pumpkin. Industrial Crops and Products, 153 (3), 112605-112613.
Aghhavani Shajari, M., Rezvani Moghaddam, P., Ghorbani, R., & Koocheki, A. (2020). The possibility of improving saffron (Crocus sativus L.) flower and corm yield through the irrigation and soil texture managements. Scientia Horticulturae, 271 (), 109485-109493.
Nabati, J., Nezami, A., & Akbari, M. (2020). GIS-based agro-ecological zoning for crop suitability using fuzzy inference system in semi-arid regions. Ecological Indicators, 117 (), 106646-106660.
Annabestani, M., Izadi Darbandi, E. (2020). Chemical weed management programs for cycloxydim-tolerant maize in Iran. Journal of Crop Protection, 9 (3), 471-481.
Rahmati, M., J.m. Miras-avalos, P. Valsesia, Davarynejad, G., Bannayan Aval, M., Azizi, M., F. Lescourret, M. Genard, & G. Vercambre (2020). Assessing the effects of water stress on peach fruit quality and size using the QualiTree model. Acta Horticulturae, (1281), 539-546.
Hosseini, N., Izadi Darbandi, E., Hassan Karimmojeni, & Nezami, A. (2020). Physiological and growth responses of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) genotypes to Egyptian broomrape (Phelipanche aegyptiaca (Pers.) Pomel) parasitism. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 42 (8), -.
Saeed Moori, & Ahmadi-lahijani, M. (2020). Hormopriming instigates defense mechanisms in Thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.) seeds under cadmium stress. Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, (), -.
Rastgoo, M., Kargar, M., & Assadollahi, H. (2020). Vegetable oil characteristics enhance the phytotoxicity of pinoxaden and haloxyfop-R-methyl on littleseed canarygrass Phalaris minor Retz.. Journal of Crop Protection, 9 (4), 711-720.
Nassiri Mahallati, M., & Jahan, M. (2020). Using the AquaCrop model to simulate sesame performance in response to superabsorbent polymer and humic acid application under limited irrigation conditions. International Journal of Biometeorology, 64 (12), 2105-2117.
Bicharanloo, B., Rezvani Moghaddam, P., & Asadi, G. (2020). Does summer irrigation alter nitrogen uptake and utilisation efficiency of saffron (Crocus sativus L.) for different organic and chemical fertilisers?. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, (), -.
Oraei, A., Tehranifar, A., Nezami, A., & Shoor, M. (2020). The effects of three levels of irrigation water on the improvement of cold tolerance of acclimated viola. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 42 (7), -.
Yaghoubishahneshinsofla, F., Bannayan Aval, M., & Asadi, G. (2020). Performance of predicted evapotranspiration and yield of rainfed wheat in the northeast Iran using gridded AgMERRA weather data. International Journal of Biometeorology, 64 (9), 1519-1537.
Hasanfard, A., Rastgoo, M., Izadi Darbandi, E., Nezami, A., & Bhagirath Singh Chauhan (2020). Regeneration capacity after exposure to freezing in wild oat (Avena ludoviciana Durieu.) and turnipweed (Rapistrum rugosum (L.) All.) in comparison with winter wheat. Environmental and Experimental Botany, (), -.
Hajmohammadnia Ghalibaf, K., Bannayan Aval, M., Rashed Mohassel, M., Valaie, N., Yaghoubishahneshinsofla, F., & Rashidi, Z. (2020). تأثیر تاریخ های مختلف کاشت و تراکم بوته بر عملکرد، اجزای عملکرد و کارایی مصرف آب زیره سبز (Cuminum cyminum L) در شرایط کم آبیاری در مشهد. , 18 (2), 213-224.
Mollaee, M., Izadi Darbandi, E., Bannayan Aval, M., & Bhagirath Singh Chauhan (2020). Germination response of three Setaria species (S. viridis, S. verticillata, and S. glauca) to water potential and temperature using non-linear regression and hydrothermal time models. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 42 (9), -.
Hosseini Evari, Z., Izadi Darbandi, E., Kafi, M., & Hassan Makarian (2020). Saffron Crocus sativus L. tolerance to some herbicides. Journal of Crop Protection, 9 (4), 721-731.
Koocheki, A., & Seyyed Mohammad Seyyedi (2020). Nutrition Management and Farm’s Age Affect Saffron Daughter Corms Behavior, Nutrients Uptake and Economic Water and Fertilizer Use Efficiency: A Large Scale On-farm Experiment in Torbat Heydarieh, Iran. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 51 (9), 1161-1183.
Sarani, A., Izadi Darbandi, E., & Rastgoo, M. (2020). Optimizing of sulfosulfuron and sulfosulfuron plus metsulfuron-methyl herbicides efficiency against Japanese downy brome Bromus japonicus L. by adjuvants application. Journal of Crop Protection, 10 (1), 85-94.
Nabati, J., Nezami, A., Kafi, M., & Elaheh Boroumand Rezazadeh (2020). Freezing Tolerance of Chickpea Genotypes in Controlled Conditions. , 8 (34), 1-10.
Cheshmi, M., & Khajeh Hosseini, M. (2020). Single count of radicle emergence, DNA replication during seed germination and vigour in alfalfa seed lots. Seed Science and Technology, 48 (3), 367-380.
Parisa Alizadeh Dehkordi, Alireza Nehbandani, Saeid Hassanpour Bourkheili, & Kamkar, B. (2020). Yield Gap Analysis Using Remote Sensing and Modelling Approaches: Wheat in the Northwest of Iran. International Journal of Plant Production, 14 (3), 443-452.

Recent research projects

Izadi Darbandi, Ebrahim,mohammadnezhadlegi, Rahimbakhsh,mohammadnezhadlegi, Rahimbakhsh (2020). Evaluation the of planting date and weeds management strategies in balangu Lallemantia royleana Beth
Izadi Darbandi, Ebrahim,mohammadnezhadlegi, Rahimbakhsh (2020). Evaluation the effect of pyridate and clethodim herbicides combination with adjuvants for chickpea Cicer arietinum L weed control
Hooshmand, Mina,koocheki, Alireza,nassiri Mahallati, Mehdi,khorramdel, Soroor (2020). Effects of crop rotation and corm density on agronomic and qualitative criteria of saffron
Nezami, Ahmad,nabati, Jafar,,hasanfard, Alireza,di, Mohammad (2020). Evaluation of freezing tolerancein of Chickpea genotypes deci type under field and controlled conditions
Di, Mohammad,nezami, Ahmad,nabati, Jafar,hasanfard, Alireza (2020). Evaluation of freezing tolerance of deci Chickpea genotypes under controlled conditions
Goldani, Morteza,yaghoubishahneshinsofla, Fatemeh (2020). Evaluation of light extinction coefficient radiation use efficiency and physiological characteristics of saffron in response to manure and zeolite under deficit irrigation

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding

Phone: +985138804679, 5793

Fax: +985138807140