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
Ali Ghanbari
Associate Professor
Reza Ghorbani
Morteza Goldani
Associate Professor
Kamal Hajmohammadnia Ghalibaf
Assistant Professor
Ebrahim Izadi Darbandi
Associate Professor
Mohsen Jahan
Associate Professor
Mohammad Kafi
Mohammad Khajeh Hosseini
Associate Professor
Soroor Khorramdel
Associate Professor
Alireza Koocheki
Mehdi Nassiri Mahallati
Ahmad Nezami
Mahdi Parsa
Associate Professor
Mehdi Rastgoo
Associate Professor
Parviz Rezvani Moghaddam
Reza Tavakkol Afshari


Recent journal articles

Ahmadi Lahijani, M., Kafi, M., Nezami, A., Nabati, J., & J. Erwin (2018). Effect of 6-Benzylaminopurine and Abscisic Acid on Gas Exchange, Biochemical Traits, and Minituber Production of Two Potato Cultivars (Solanum tuberosum L.). Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 20 (1), 129-139.
Jahan, M., & Amiri, M. (2018). Optimizing application rate of nitrogen, phosphorus and cattle manure in wheat production: An approach to determine optimum scenario using Response -Surface Methodology. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 18 (1), 13-26.
Soltani, M., Kafi, M., Nezami, A., & H. R. Taghiyari (2018). Effects of Silicon Application at Nano and Micro Scales on the Growth and Nutrient Uptake of Potato Minitubers (Solanum tuberosum var. Agria) in Greenhouse Conditions. BioNanoScience, 8 (1), 218-228.
M. Rahmati, P. Valsesia, Davarynejad, G., Bannayan Aval, M., Azizi, M., & G. Vercambre (2018). Disentangling the Effects of Water Stress on Carbon Acquisition, Vegetative Growth and Fruit Quality of Peach Trees by Means of the QualiTree Model. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10 (4), 1-17.
Sarabi, V., Ghanbari, A., Rashed Mohassel, M., Nassiri Mahallati, M., & Rastgoo, M. (2018). Broadleaf Weed Control in Corn (Zea mays L.) with Sulfonylurea Herbicides Tank-mixed with 2,4-D + MCPA. Agronomy Journal, 110 (2), 1-8.
Aghhavani Shajari, M., Rezvani Moghaddam, P., Ghorbani, R., & Koocheki, A. (2018). Increasing saffron (Crocus sativus L.) corm size through the mycorrhizal inoculation, humic acid application and irrigation managements. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 41 (8), 1047-1064.
Hatami, Z., Rezvani Moghaddam, P., Rashki, A., Nassiri Mahallati, M., & B. Habibi Khaniani (2018). Effects of desert dust on yield and yield components of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.). Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, 64 (10), 1446-1458.
Hashem Kamali, Massimo Cristofaro, Philip Weyl, Asadi, G., & Francesca Marini (2018). A new Aceria species (Acari:Trombidiformes: Eriophyoidea) from West Asia, a potential biological control agent for the invasive weed camelthorn, Alhagi maurorum Medik. (Leguminosae). Acarologia, 58 (2), 302-312.
Bannayan Aval, M., & (2018). Analysis of the climate change effect on wheat production systems and investigate the potential of management strategies. Journal of Natural Hazards, 91 (3), 1237-1255.
Izadi Darbandi, E., & Mehdikhani, H. (2018). Salinity effect on some of the morphophysiological traits of three plantago species (Plantago spp.). Scientia Horticulturae, 236 (1), 43-51.
Asgari, A., Rezvani Moghaddam, P., & Koocheki, A. (2018). Methods for breaking Chinese lantern (Physalis alkekengi L.) seed dormancy. Laboratory and greenhouse studies. Revista de la Facultad de Agronomia, 35 (2), 127-151.
Mobli, A., Ghanbari, A., & Rastgoo, M. (2018). Determination of cardinal temperatures of flax-leaf alyssum (Alyssum linifolium Steph. ex. Willd.) response to salinity, pH and drought stress. Weed Science, 66 (4), 470-476.
Oraei, A., Tehranifar, A., Nezami, A., & Shoor, M. (2018). Effects of drought stress on cold hardiness of non-acclimated viola (Viola × wittrockiana ‘ Iona Gold with Blotch ’ ) in controlled conditions. Scientia Horticulturae, 238 (1), 98-106.
Goldani, M., & (2018). Influence of magnetic field on the capsules per leaf node of Sesamum indicum L.. Indian Journal of Agricultural Research, 52 (3), 312-316.
Sarabi, V., Ghanbari, A., Rashed Mohassel, M., Rastgoo, M., & Nassiri Mahallati, M. (2018). Interaction of Foramsulfuron or Nicosulfuron with 2,4-D + MCPA on Important Broadleaf Weeds in Corn (Zea mays L.). Plant Production Science, 21 (3), 203-214.
M. Fassih, & Tavakkol Afshari, R. (2018). The morphophysiological dormancy of Ferula ovina seeds is alleviated by low temperature and hydrogen peroxide. Seed Science Research, 28 (1), 52-62.
M. Dashti, Kafi, M., Astaraei, A., & H. R. Zabihi (2018). Investigation of yield and yield components response of Salvia leriifolia Benth. to biological and organic fertilizers. Zeitschrift fur Arznei-und Gewurzpflanzen, 22 (2), 84-90.
Ahmadi Lahijani, M., Kafi, M., Nezami, A., Nabati, J., Zare Mehrjerdi, M., Sh. Shahkoomahally, & J. Erwin (2018). Variations in assimilation rate, photoassimilate translocation, and cellular fine structure of potato cultivars (Solanum Tuberosum L.) exposed to elevated CO2. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 130 (1), 303-313.
Kamyab, M., Kafi, M., H. Shahsavand Hassani, Goldani, M., & Shokouhifar, F. (2018). Tritipyrum (Triticum durum × Thinopyrum bessarabicum) might be able to provide an economic and stable solution against the soil salinity problem. Australian Journal of Crop Science, 12 (7), 1159-1168.
Cheshmi, M., & Khajeh Hosseini, M. (2018). Effect of temperature on length of the lag period and its relationship with field performance of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) seeds. Seed Science and Technology, 46 (2), 317-326.
Seyyedi, S., Tavakkol Afshari, R., & M.h. Daneshmandi (2018). The relationships between fatty acids and heterotrophic seedling growth in winter canola cultivars during accelerated seed aging process. South African Jouranl of Botany, 119 (10), 353-361.
Nazdar, T., Tehranifar, A., Nezami, A., Nemati, S., & Samiei, L. (2018). Physiological and anatomical responses of calendula (Calendula officinalis L.) cultivars to heat-stress duration. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 0 (0), 1-13.
Asadi, S., Bannayan Aval, M., & Andrea Monti (2018). The association of crop production and precipitation; a comparison of two methodologies. Arid land Research and Management, 0 (0), 1-22.
Kiamarsi, Z., M. Solaimani, Nezami, A., & Kafi, M. (2018). Biodegradation of n-alkanes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons using novel indigenous bacteria isolated from contaminated soils. International journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 1 (1), 1-12.
Nurbakhsh, F., Koocheki, A., & Nassiri Mahallati, M. (2018). Investigation of Biodiversity and Some of the Ecosystem Services in the Intercropping of Corn, Soybean and Marshmallow. International Journal of Plant Production, 13 (1), 35-46.
Hamid Alipour, Kafi, M., Nezami, A., & Amirhossein Mohammadi (2018). Effects of the Timing of Foliar Application and Concentrations of Growth Regulators on the Mineral Content of Pistachio Leaves. Journal of Nuts, 9 (2), 93-103.
Valiollahibisheh, A., & Khorramdel, S. (2018). Comparative assessment of on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from male-headed and female-headed rice farms in Mazandaran Province, Iran. , 17 (1), 211-238.
Kosari Moghaddam, A., Sadrnia, H., Aghel, H., & Bannayan Aval, M. (2018). Optimization of tillage and sowing operations using discrete event simulation. Research in Agricultural Engineering, 64 (4), 187-194.
Norooziyan, A., Bannayan Aval, M., Kafi, M., & Nassiri Mahallati, M. (2018). Ecological assessment of shallot (Allium altissimum Regel) habitats using fuzzy logic approach (case study: Khorasan Razavi, Iran). Acta Technica, 63 (1), 1-8.
Nazemi, A., Asadi, G., & Ghorbani (2018). Allelopathic Potential of Lavender’s Extract and Coumarin Applied as Pre-Plant Incorporated Into Soil Under Agronomic Conditions. Planta Daninha, 36 (0), -.

Recent research projects

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding

Phone: +985138804679, 5793

Fax: +985138807140