Dr. Mehdi Sharifi

Image Mehdi Sharifi
Research Scientist (Soil Nutrient Management)

I dedicate my research efforts to enhancing the environmental sustainability and resilience of perennial horticultural crops, primarily through ground cover management and the incorporation of organic amendments. Additionally, I am intrigued by propagation techniques and the ethno-agronomy of Indigenous food-plant species.

Current research and/or projects

My research contributes to advancing integrated soil nutrient management strategies by designing cover cropping recipes tailored to various cropping systems, along with their corresponding management strategies. Additionally, I explore Indigenous cultivation sciences, including their associated policies and technologies.

Research and/or project statements

1.       Co-PI. Burlakuti, R. and Sharifi, M. Title: "Mitigating biotic threats of native berry plants using biodiversity and biovigilance approaches: Supports for revitalization of Indigenous food systems" AAFC A-base; PROJECT DURATION: 2024-2027 (3-year). 

2.       Participant/Collaborator. Chang B-M, et al. (7) Title : “Precision management of grapevine stress and development under the challenges of climate change.” AAFC A-base; PROJECT DURATION: 2024-2028 (4-year).        

 

3.       Role: Collaborator, Title: NSERC CREATE proposal in organic agriculture (BIORGANIC); 2023

 

4.       Role: PI, Title: Vegetation management for long-term productivity and environmental sustainability, and enhancing ecosystem services in Canadian semi-arid vineyards; 2023-2028; CAP Program. 

 

5.       Role: PI, Title: Accelerating the development of sustainable pest management practices to support Indigenous food systems in British Columbia; 2022-2024. Alternative Pest Management Solutions Program. 

 

6.       Role: Participant/Collaborator, Title: 4498 – BC Living Lab; March 2022; ACS Program

 

7.       Role: Participant/Collaborator, Title: Peace Region Living Lab; Feb 2022; ACS Program

 

8.       Role: PI, Title: Fruitlet nutrition as a tool for managing sweet cherry quality, 2021-2023. AgriScience Program, Project component.

 

9.       Role: Collaborator, PI: Dr. Samir Debnath, Title: Innovative techniques for screening, propagation and utilization of wild berry crops for sustainable northern agriculture, 2021-2025, A-Base funding.

 

10.     Role: Collaborator, PI: Dr. Kirsten Hannam, Title: Identifying water-efficient practices that co-deliver maximum benefits for tree fruit production & climate change mitigation, 2021-2024, A-Base funding.

 

11.     Role: PI, Title: Summerland Research and Development Centre, Selkirk College, & KNPS Indigenous Food Plants Partnership, 2022-2023. AAF internal funding, The Indigenous Agriculture Science Partnerships Program (IASPP).

 

12.     Role: PI, Title: Unique cover crops, rootstocks, and irrigation techniques for Canadian vineyards. 2018-2023. Organic Science Cluster.

 

13.     Role: PI, Title: 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. Grape and Wine Science Cluster.

 

14.     Role: Co-PI, Title: Impacts of adverse temperature and water conditions on fruit set in sweet cherry in the early growing season; 2018-2023; AgriScience Program – Projects; National Program for the Development of Improved Tree Fruit Varieties.

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. 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. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, [online] 219 111-118. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2015.12.009

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  2. 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. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, [online] 179(1), 94-103. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jpln.201400532

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  3. 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. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, [online] 67(1), 77-85. http://dx.doi.org/10.5344/ajev.2015.15013

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  4. 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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  5. Thomas, B.W., Sharifi, M., Whalen, J.K., Chantigny, M.H. (2015). Mineralizable nitrogen responds differently to manure type in contrasting soil textures. Soil Science Society of America Journal, [online] 79(5), 1396-1405. http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2015.03.0124

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  6. 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. Scientia Horticulturae, [online] 188 6-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2015.02.041

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, [online] 99(1), 63-78. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10705-014-9618-9

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  11. 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.). Canadian Journal of Soil Science, [online] 94(2), 129-137. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJSS2013-058

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  12. 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. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 93(6), 1209-1216. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2013-168

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  13. 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. Soil Science Society of America Journal, [online] 77(1), 123-132. http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2011.0064

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  14. 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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  15. Dessureault-Rompré, J., Zebarth, B.J., Burton, D.L., Georgallas, A., Sharifi, M., Porter, G.A., Moreau, G., Leclerc, Y., Arsenault, W.J., Chow, T.L., Grant, C.A. (2012). Prediction of soil nitrogen supply in potato fields using soil temperature and water content information. Soil Science Society of America Journal, [online] 76(3), 936-949. http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2011.0377

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  16. 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. Soil Science Society of America Journal, [online] 76(3), 925-935. http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2011.0318

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  17. Sharifi, M., Thomas, B., Lewis, J.D., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2011). The Effect of municipal solid food waste compost amendment and fertigation adjustment on yield and fruit quality in strawberry plasticulture; DEV30-039. (Report)

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  18. Zebarth, B.J., Dessureault-Rompré, J., Burton, D.L., Georgallas, A., Sharifi, M., Porter, G.A., Moreau, G., Leclerc, Y., Arsenault, W.J., Chow, T.L., and Grant, C.A. (2011). "Predicting Soil Nitrogen Supply in Potato Fields Using a Simple Kinetic Model.", 19th Annual Northeast Potato Technology Forum, Crowne Plaza Fredericton Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, Fredericton, NB, Canada, March 16-17, 2011.

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  19. Sharifi, M., Zebarth, B.J., Burton, D.L., Rodd, V., Grant, C.A. (2011). Long-term effects of semisolid beef manure application to forage grass on soil mineralizable nitrogen. Soil Science Society of America Journal, [online] 75(2), 649-658. http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2010.0089

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  20. Dessureault-Rompré, J., Zebarth, B.J., Chow, T.L., Burton, D.L., Sharifi, M., Georgallas, A., Porter, G.A., Moreau, G., Leclerc, Y., Arsenault, W.J., Grant, C.A. (2011). Prediction of soil nitrogen supply in potato fields in a cool humid climate. Soil Science Society of America Journal, [online] 75(2), 626-637. http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2010.0305

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