Department of Soil Science

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

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

The Department of Soil Science started its Masters’ program in 2000. The aim of this program is to train students to conduct research in the fields of soil system and the environment concerning the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the soil system and identification and management of 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., areas of specializations):

  • Soil Chemistry and Fertility and Plant Nutrition
  • Soil Biology and Biotechnology
  • Soil Physics and Conservation
  • Soil Resources and Land Evaluation

The aim of the Ph.D. program in the Department of Soil Science which was started in 2009 is to handle and conduct scientific research programs 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 following areas of specializations:

  • Management Soil Fertility
  • Biotechnology or Management Soil Resources More

Head of the Department of Soil Science
Hojat Emami
Associate Professor
Department of Soil Science

Concentration areas offered by the Department of Soil Science
Areas Bachelor's Master's Ph.D
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Academic staff

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


Recent journal articles

Rahmani, H., Lakzian, A., Karimi, A., & Halajnia, A. (2020). Efficient removal of 2,4-dinitrophenol from synthetic wastewater and contaminated soil samples using free and immobilized laccases. Journal of Environmental Management, 256 (), 109740-109749.
Farahani, E., Emami, H., Fotovat, A., Khorassani, R., & Thomas Keller (2020). Soil available water and plant growth in relation to K:Na ratio. Geoderma, 363 (), 114173-114180.
Jozay, M., Kazemi, F., & Fotovat, A. (2020). Evaluating the environmental performance of the growing media in a green wall system in a dry climate region. Desert, 25 (1), 356-369.
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.
Mina, M., Emami, H., & Karimi, A. (2020). Evaluation the efficiency of different mulches to combat wind erosion of sandy soil. Sustainable Earth Review, 1 (1), 16-22.
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.
Lakzian, A. (2020). Fortification of Bread Wheat Using Synthesized Zn-Glycine and Zn-Alanine Chelates in Comparison with ZnSO4 in a Calcareous Soil. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, (), -.
Mazloom, N., Khorassani, R., Zohuri, G., Emami, H. (2020). Lignin-based hydrogel alleviates drought stress in maize. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 175 (), 104055-104063.
Mashayekhi, R., Emami, H. (2020). The influence of pistachio shell biochar and barley residues on soil properties. Polish Journal of Soil Science, 53 (1), 21-40.
Alsaleh, A., Astaraei, A., Emami, H., & Lakzian, A. (2020). Effect of humic acid and zeolite on uptake and translocation of mercury by turnip plant in asaline soil. pollution research, 39 (1), 150-155.
Alsaleh, A., Astaraei, A., Emami, H., & Lakzian, A. (2020). Impact of organic and inorganic materials on total mercury distribution in saline soil profile. Indian Journal of Environmental Protection, 40 (5), 536-542.
Mirblook Atena, Mirhassan Rasouli Sadaghiani, Ebrahim Sepehr, Lakzian, A., & Mohammad Hakimi (2020). Synthesized Zn(II)-Amino Acid and -Chitosan Chelates to Increase Zn Uptake by Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) Plants. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, (), -.
Maadani Mallak, A., Lakzian, A., Elham Khodaverdi, Haghnia, G., & Shima Mahmoudi (2020). Effect of Pleurotus ostreatus and Trametes versicolor on triclosan biodegradation and activity of laccase and manganese peroxidase enzymes. Micobial Pathogenesis, 149 (), 104473-104476.
Alsaleh, A., Astaraei, A., Emami, H., & Lakzian, A. (2020). Impact of Pseudomonas putida Inoculation on Alleviating Mercury Stress in Turnip Planted on a Saline Soil. Malaysian Journal of Soil Science, 24 (2), 71-89.
Isa Esfandiarpour Boroujeni, Z. Mosleh, Karimi, A., & J. A. Martinez-casasnovas (2020). Detection of Lithologic Discontinuities in Soils: A Case Study of Arid and Semi-arid Regions of Iran. Eurasian Soil Science, 53 (10), 1374-1388.
Hatami, H., Fotovat, A., & Halajnia, A. (2020). Adsorption of Boron from a Simulated Soil Solution Using Zn–Al and Mn-Doped Zn–Al Layered Double Hydroxides. Colloid Journal, 82 (6), 735-745.
Biglari Quchan Atigh, Z., Heiari, A., Karimi, A., Pejman, S., Behnam Asgari Lajayer, & Eder Claudio Lima (2020). Purification and economic analysis of nanoclay from bentonite. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, (), -.
Roshaniyan, M., Emami, H., & Astaraei, A. (2020). Effect of tillage systems and plant residues on whole soil stability and normalized stability indices. Soil and Environment, 39 (2), 223-230.
Mehdizadeh, L., Moghaddam, M., & Lakzian, A. (2020). Amelioration of soil properties, growth and leaf mineral elements of summer savory under salt stress and biochar application in alkaline soil. Scientia Horticulturae, 267 (), 109319-109330.
Atena Mirbolook, Mirhassan Rasouli-sadaghiani, Ebrahim Sepehr, Lakzian, A., & Mohamad Hakimi (2020). Fortification of bread wheat with iron through soil and foliar application of iron-organic-complexes. Journal of Plant Nutrition, (), -.
Behravan, H., Paul Voroney, Khorassani, R., Fotovat, A., Abdol Amir Moezei, & Mehdi Taghavi (2020). Chemical and Spectroscopic Characterization of Humic Acids Extracted from Filter Cake using Different Basic Solutions. Sugar Tech, 22 (2), 311-318.

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science

Phone: +985138804693-5846

Fax: +985138807147