Mohamed El Gharous Joins Staff of IPNI as Consulting Director of North Africa Program
“The establishment of this program in North Africa marks another milestone for IPNI’s regional representation within the African continent,” said IPNI President Dr. Terry Roberts. “Mohamed’s knowledge of arid and semi-arid agriculture will be a great addition to the knowledge-base of IPNI, and his representation of the North African region will be highly valued by our members and staff.”
Dr. El Gharous received a Horticultural Engineer degree (B.Sc.) in 1980 from the Agronomy and Veterinary Hassan II Institute in Rabat, Morroco. He was hired by INRA in Morocco in 1980. Mohamed subsequently received his M.Sc. (Agronomy) in 1987 and his Ph D. (Soil Science) in 1994 — both from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, USA.
Dr. El Gharous’s research career began by examining soil fertility for cereals in arid and semi-arid regions. Selected research highlights include following the evolution of P and K in soils under wheat-fallow rotation and quantifying their residual effects; improving fertilizer recommendation techniques in calcareous soils of Morocco; exploring composting and compost effects on soil quality and plant nutrition; defining fertilizer formulas adapted to Moroccan soil and climatic conditions and crops; and adaptation and improvement of soil and plant analyses methods.
Presently, Dr. El Gharous is also Head of the Regional Center for Agricultural Research in Settat; and a member of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Hassan I, Settat. He is also a member of the Franco-Moroccan joint scientific committee for PRAD Projects (Research Projects in Agriculture for Development).
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