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

Hosseini, S., Lakzian, A., Halajnia, A., & Bahar S.razavi (2021). Optimization of EDTA and citric acid for risk assessment in the remediation of lead contaminated soil. Rhizosphere, 17 (17), 100277-100287.
Fateme Naghizade Asl, Hamid Reza Asgari, Emami, H., & Mohammad Jafari (2021). Study on the Erodibility and Mechanical Resistance of Mulches Prepared from Micro Silica–Cement Mixtures. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 39 (5), 3347-3360.
Amjadi, M., Emami, H., Elham Farahani, & Azadeh Gholoubi (2021). Effect of vermicompost and urban waste compost on stability of aggregates by high energy moisture characteristic curve. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 23 (6), 1379-1393.
Shariati, M., Astaraei, A., Lakzian, A., & Emami, H. (2021). Cadmium behavior in urban soils of Mashhad, its impact on plants response and soil. Indian Journal of Environmental Protection, 41 (4), 419-426.
Baradaran Motie, J., Aghkhani, M., Rohani, A., & Lakzian, A. (2021). A soft-computing approach to estimate soil electrical conductivity. Biosystems Engineering, 205 (), 105-120.
Hatami, H., Fotovat, A., & Halajnia, A. (2021). Availability and Uptake of Phosphorus and Zinc by Maize in the Presence of Phosphate-Containing Zn-Al-LDH in a Calcareous Soil. Eurasian Soil Science, 54 (3), 431-440.
Azra Khosravichenar, Morteza Fattahi, Karimi, A., Hassan Fazeli Nashl, & Hans Von Suchodoletz (2021). A first outline of the Quaternary landscape evolution of the Kashaf Rud River basin in the drylands of northeastern Iran. Eiszeitalter & Gegenwart - E&G Quaternary Science Journal, 70 (1), 145-150.
Sedigheh Maleki, Karimi, A., Mojtaba Zeraatpisheh, Poozeshi, R., & Hassan Feizi (2021). Long-term cultivation effects on soil properties variations in different landforms in an arid region of eastern Iran. Catena, 206 (11), 105465-105465.
Gerami, Z., Lakzian, A., Arash Hemati, Arian Amirifar, Behnam Asgari Lajayer, & Eric D. Van Hullebusch (2021). Effect of cadmium on sorghum root colonization by glomeral fungi and its impact on total and easily extractable glomalin production. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28 (26), 34570-34583.
Saberi, I., Astaraei, A., & Emami, H. (2021). Growth And Physiological Response Of Quinoa Plant In Saline- Sodic Soil With Humic Acid Under Drought Stress Conditions. Indian Journal of Environmental Protection, 41 (9), 1004-1012.
Riahi Nia, F., & Emami, H. (2021). EFFECTS OF CROP RESIDUES AND TILLAGE OPERATIONS ON SOIL QUALITY INDICES. Polish Journal of Soil Science, 54 (2), 167-183.
Salman, T., Karimi, A., & Mahmoudabadi, E. (2021). Investigation of Cd, Pb, and Ni contamination in soil and wheat plant in alluvial lands of Tigris River in southern Baghdad, Iraq. Desert, 26 (1), 127-138.

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science

Phone: +985138804693-5846

Fax: +985138807147