Dr. Mehdi Sharifi

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Research Scientist

My research activities are focused on enhancing the environmental sustainability and resilience of perennial horticultural crops through ground cover management and used of organic amendments. My interest extend to propagation and ethno-agronomy of Indigenous food plant species.

Current research and/or projects

My research contributes to integrated nutrient management and Indigenous cultivation sciences and their relevant policies and technologies.

Research and/or project statements

  1. Understanding Indigenous food systems and revitalizing key Indigenous food plants in Interior and Coastal regions of British Columbia; 2019-2022.

  2. Unique cover crops, rootstocks, and irrigation techniques for Canadian vineyards. 2018-2023.

  3. Water and nutrient management strategies, and health promoting natural products can reduce the competition between grapevine and cover crops and enhance health and productivity of vineyards. 2018-2023.

  4. Impacts of adverse temperature and water conditions on fruit set in sweet cherry in the early growing season; 2018-2023.

Professional activities / interests

Research interest:

  • Sustainable Agriculture

  • Nutrient Management in Field and Horticultural Crops

  • Cover Crops

  • Ethno-Agronomy

  • Indigenous Cultivation

  • Soil Health Assessment tools

  • Soil and Plant Testing

  • Organic Amendments Management

  • Use of Biowaste and Industrial By-Products as Soil Amendment

 

I supervise graduate students.

I contribute to policy development relevant to area of my expertise.

 

Education and awards

2004 Ph.D. Soil Science – specialization in Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management, Soil Science Department, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran. Thesis title: “Nitrogen uptake as related to potato root characteristics

1999 M.Sc., Soil Science – specialization in Fertility and Plant Nutrition, Soil Science Department, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran. Thesis title: “Selection of suitable extractant to extract available potassium for corn in soils of central region of Isfahan, Iran

1995 B.Sc., Soil Science, Soil Science Department, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran.

 

International experience and/or work

 

09/2004-02/2005, Assistant Professor, Soil Science Department, College of Agriculture, Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran.

 

09/2003-09/2004, Lecturer, Soil fertility and fertilizers, Soil Science Department, College of Agriculture, Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran.

 

05/2002-03/2003, Visiting PhD Student, Potato Research Centre, Fredericton, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, New Brunswick. Canada.

Project title: “Reduced nitrate leaching in Russet Norkotah potato production

 

09/2000-09/2001, Teaching Assistant, Advanced soil chemistry, Soil Science Department, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran.

Key publications

  1. Proper balanced nutrition is important in all crops; however, knowing what the right nutrient needed at the right time for the right reasons with the right product can be very different between commodities, orchards, and seasons. There are several different sampling methods that can be utilized to assess the nutrient status of a block and help aid in nutrient management decisions. The main assessment methods are leaf, fruitlet, and soil analysis. There are some other techniques, such as sap analysis, that are being tested and may be more available in the future.

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  2. Whalen, J.K., B.W. Thomas, M. Sharifi. 2019. Novel practices and smart technologies to maximize the nitrogen fertilizer value of manure for crop production in cold humid temperate regions. Advances in Agronomy 153:1–85.

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  3. Sharifi, M., Carter, K., Baker, S., Verhallen, A. and Nemeth, D. (2018). Cover crops effects on grape yield and yield quality, and soil nitrate concentration in three vineyards in Ontario, Canada. Acta Hortic. 1217, 247-256
    DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1217.31
    https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1217.31

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  4. Thomas, B.W.*, J.K. Whalen, M. Sharifi, M.H. Chantigny, X. Hao. 2018. Nitrogen mineralization in sandy loam and silty clay soils receiving liquid swine and dairy cattle manure. Joint Annual Meeting of Canadian Geophysical Union-Canadian Soil Science Society-Computational Infrastructure in Geodynamics-Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America-Canadian Society for Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. June 10–14, 2018.

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  5. Alam, M.Z., Lynch, D.H., Sharifi, M., Burton, D.L., and Hammermeister, A.M. (2016). "The effect of green manure and organic amendments on potato yield, nitrogen uptake and soil mineral nitrogen.", Biological Agriculture and Horticulture. doi : 10.1080/01448765.2015.1133319

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  6. Shu, W., Price, G.W., Sharifi, M., Cade-Menun, B.J. (2016). Impact of annual and single application of alkaline treated biosolids on soil extractable phosphorus and total phosphorus, 219 111-118. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2015.12.009

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  7. Thomas, B.W., Whalen, J.K., Sharifi, M., Chantigny, M., Zebarth, B.J. (2016). Labile organic matter fractions as early-season nitrogen supply indicators in manure-amended soils, 179(1), 94-103. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jpln.201400532

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  8. Messiga, A.J., Gallant, K.S., Sharifi, M., Hammermeister, A., Fuller, K., Tango, M., Fillmore, S. (2016). Grape yield and quality response to cover crops and amendments in a vineyard in Nova Scotia, Canada, 67(1), 77-85. http://dx.doi.org/10.5344/ajev.2015.15013

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  9. Pei, C.X., Sharifi, M., Saville, B.J., and Hamel, C. (2015). "Grain corn yield and nitrogen requirement with legume interseeding covercrops: A greenhouse study.", Canadian Soil Science Society (IUSS-CSSS-AQSSS) Conference, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, July 5-10, 2015. (Poster)

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  10. Thomas, B.W., Sharifi, M., Whalen, J.K., Chantigny, M.H. (2015). Mineralizable nitrogen responds differently to manure type in contrasting soil textures, 79(5), 1396-1405. http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2015.03.0124

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  11. Messiga, A.J., Sharifi, M., Hammermeister, A., Gallant, K., Fuller, K., Tango, M. (2015). Soil quality response to cover crops and amendments in a vineyard in Nova Scotia, Canada, 188 6-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2015.02.041

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  12. Thomas, B.W., Whalen, J.K., Sharifi, M., Chantigny, M.H., Zebarth, B.J., and Burton, D.L. (2014). "The C:N ratio of water extractable organic matter as a potential soil N supply indicator in manure-amended soils.", Annual meeting of the Canadian Soil Science Society, Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 4-7, 2014.

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  13. Stoeckli, J., Sharifi, M., Ponce-Hernandez, R., Eimers, C., Hooker, D.C., Drury, C.F., Stewart, G., MacDonald, I.K., Zebarth, B.J., Sahota, T.S., and Reid, K. (2014). "Predicting the soil nitrogen supply (SNS) for corn production in the cool-humid temperate climate of Ontario.", Annual meeting of the Canadian Soil Science Society, Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 4-7, 2014.

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  14. Thomas, B.W., Whalen, J.K., Sharifi, M., Chantigny, M.H., Zebarth, B.J., and Burton, D.L. (2014). "Labile soil organic matter C and N concentrations to predict N mineralization parameters in sandy and clayey soils amended with manure.", Annual meeting of the Canadian Soil Science Society, Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 4-7, 2014.

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  15. Sharifi, M., Zebarth, B.J., Miller, J.J., Burton, D.L., Grant, C.A. (2014). Soil nitrogen mineralization in a soil with long-term history of fresh and composted manure containing straw or wood-chip bedding, 99(1), 63-78. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10705-014-9618-9

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  16. Wile, A., Burton, D.L., Sharifi, M., Lynch, D., Main, M., Papadopoulos, Y.A. (2014). Effect of nitrogen fertilizer application rate on yield, methane and nitrous oxide emissions from switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) and reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea L.), 94(2), 129-137. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJSS2013-058

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  17. Sharifi, M., Cheema, M., McVicar, K., LeBlanc, L., Fillmore, S. (2013). Evaluation of liming properties and potassium bioavailability of three Atlantic Canada wood ash sources, 93(6), 1209-1216. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2013-168

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  18. Sharifi, M., Zebarth, B.J., Burton, D.L., Drury, C.F., Grant, C.A. (2013). Mineralization of carbon-14-labeled plant residues in conventional tillage and no-till systems, 77(1), 123-132. http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2011.0064

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  19. Nyiraneza, J., Zebarth, B.J., Ziadi, N., Sharifi, M., Burton, D.L., Drury, C.F., Bittman, S., and Grant, C.A. (2012). "The ability of soil chemical and biological N availability indices to predict soil nitrogen supply of contrasting soils under corn.", Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS) and Association Québécoise de Spécialistes en Sciences du Sol (AQSSS) Joint Meeting, Manoir St-Castin, Lac Beauport, QC, Canada, June 3-8, 2012. (Poster)

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  20. Nyiraneza, J., Ziadi, N., Zebarth, B.J., Sharifi, M., Burton, D.L., Drury, C.F., Bittman, S., Grant, C.A. (2012). Prediction of soil nitrogen supply in corn production using soil chemical and biological indices, 76(3), 925-935. http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2011.0318

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