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Dr. Mohamed El Gharous

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IPNI North Africa
Agence Samir, BP 1303
Settat, 26000
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).


Horticultural Engineer (Soil fertility and fertilization), Agronomy and Veterinary Hassan II Institute of Rabat, Morocco - 1980
MS.Sc (Soil Science), Agronomy and Veterinary Hassan II Institute of Rabat, Morocco - 1987
PhD (Soil Science), Oklahoma State University, USA 1994

Prix & Reconnaissances

Certificate of merit by Moroccan Ministery of Agriculture 2004

Experience professionnelle

Head of the Regional Center for Agricultural Research of Settat - Morocco

Member of the Board of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University Hassan I, Settat - Morocco

Member of the French-Morocco Scientific committee for PRAD project evaluation (collaborative Research Project for Agricultural Development)

Researcher in Soil Science at the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), Regional Center of Settat - Morocco

Publications selectionnees

Jouraiphy A., Amir S., Winterton P., El Gharous M., Revel J-C., Hafidi M., 2008. Structural study of the fulvic fraction during composting of activated sludge-plant matter : Elemental analysis, FTIR and 13C NMR. Bioresources Technology 99: 1066-1072.

Tomgouani K., ElMejahed K., Bouzidi A., El Gharous M., 2006. Etude de la biodisponibilité de métaux lourds dans les sols agricoles de Settat. AL AWAMIA 118/119 Vol. 2-3.

Jouraiphy A., Amir S., El Gharous M., Revel J.-C., Hafidi M., 2005. Chemical and spectroscopic analysis of organic matter transformation during composting of sewage sludge and green plant waste. Article International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, Volume 56, Issue 2, 1 September 2005, Pages 101-108.

Rochdi A., Vanclooster M., El Gharous M., 2004. Measurement of electrical conductivity by Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) : materiel effects on main models - Application in soil sciences, Physical and Chemical News, n° 20, 118-125.

Badraoui M., Agbani M., Bouabid. R., El Gharous M., Karrou M., Zerouali M., 2002. New references for the fertilization of wheat, sugarbeet and sunflower in Doukkala and Gharb irrigated perimeters in Morocco. Hommes, Terre et Eaux 123:14-17

El Gharous M., Westerman R.L., Soltanpour P.N., 1990. Nitrogen Mineralization Potential of Arid and Semi Arid soils of Morocco. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 54:438-443.