Profile:Mahmud Reza Raghami
Position: Head of Department email@example.com
The department of horticulture was established in 1995 by the admission of 38 students. Within a span of nineteen years (1995-2014), in total, over 600 undergraduate students succeeded in completing their education, whilst around 40 students got accepted in Iran's top-ranking universities with excellent grades in master's programs. The department launched its own master's program in 2007 in four disciplines including 1) Physiology & Breeding Fruit Trees, 2) Physiology & Breeding Vegetables, 3) Medicinal Plants breeding & Physiology and 4) Post-harvest Technology & Physiology.
In 2012, the department earned the license for embarking on its PhD program. Currently, students are engaged in research activities in two PhD fields of Physiology & Breeding Fruit Trees, as well as Physiology & Breeding Vegetables. For the time being, eight faculty members (4 associate professors and 4 assistant professors) and one laboratory expert are working in the fields of Physiology & breeding vegetables, Physiology & breeding Medicinal Plants and Postharvest Technology & Physiology.
Educational & Research Sites:The department of horticultural science is equipped with four laboratories:
- Botany 1 - Horticulture - plant Nutrition and Plant Tissue Culture and - Post-harvest Physiology
These labs are situated in an area of approximately 250 square meters accompanied by a cold room. In addition to that, postgraduate students carry out their research activities in the faculty's central laboratory.
Research and educational activities in each laboratory encompasses:Botany 1 Laboratory: (Preparation of plant sections, preparation of slides, sampling of plant tissues and observing them by light microscopy or stereo microscope.)
Horticulture Laboratory: (Performing molecular research such as; plant DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction and electrophoresis of PCR products.)
Nutrition and Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory: (Preparation of nutrient solutions for culture without soil systems, performing plant in vitro culture systems such as; micro-propagation, plant embryo culture, and tissue and organ culture.)
Postharvest Physiology Laboratory: (Performing tests to measure the chemical and biochemical materials in horticultural products after storage.)
Cold room: (Maintenance and storage of horticultural products at low temperature for postharvest tests)
Central Laboratory: (Especially designated for research related to the theses or dissertations of the postgraduate students.)
Glass and Plastic Greenhouse:
The department is in charge of greenhouse sites covering an approximate area of 400 square meters in which the equipment belonging to culture without soil systems (Hydroponic, Aeroponic, Aquaponic) and mist system are placed to propagate and breed plants. The students' research and educational activities are conducted in these greenhouses which include tropical, propagation and Hydroponic greenhouses.
The collection of subtropical fruit trees is located in an area of 2 hectares. The collection of pistachio, pomegranate and olive varieties and species is in an area of 0.5 hectares.