Dr. Jamal Javanmardi

Horticulture Science


  • Sept. 2005 – till date. Associate professor, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.


  • Sept. 2005 – till date. Invited lecturer, International Branch of Shiraz University at Qeshm Island, Iran.


  • Sept. 2003 – Sept. 2005. Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Plant Sciences and Bio5 Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.


  • Dec. 2001 – Sept. 2002. Visiting scholar, Department of Horticulture & Landscaping Agriculture, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA.



  • April 2005 – Sept. 2005, worked with Dr. Chieri Kubota as postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Plant Sciences and Bio5 Institute, University of Arizona on:
  • High lycopene hydroponic tomato production under controlled environmental conditions and effects of consumption on human plasma lycopene levels and oxidative stress.
  • Development and optimizing the lycopene extraction and analysis methods.
  • Development and optimizing the protocols for extraction and analysis of important secondary metabolites with antioxidant activity and vitamins.


  • Sept. 2003 – March 2005, worked with Dr. David R. Gang as a postdoctoral research associate at the department of Plant Sciences and Bio5 Institute, University of Arizona on:
    • Protein extraction and enzyme assays for most important medicinal compounds including essential oils and flavonoids.
    • Metabolic profiling and identification of the biochemical, genetic and genomic basis for formation of important natural products in sweet basil using molecular biological tools, PCR, electrophoresis, HPLC, GC-MS and LC-MS
    • Development of an Agrobacterium-mediated transformation method for basil
    • Bacterial transformation, glandular trichome isolation, RNA and DNA isolation, library construction and tissue culture
    • Optimizing the propagation conditions for sweet basil through tissue culture and suspension culture.


  • Jan. 2002 – Oct. 2002, worked with Dr. Jorge M. Vivanco and Dr. H.P. Bais as visiting scholar at Colorado State University on identification of secondary metabolites including phenolic compounds, essential oils and medicinal compounds in Iranian basil accessions using HPLC, SPME and GC-MS.


  • 1996 - 1998, worked for M.S. thesis with Prof. H. Lessani and Prof. A. Kashi at the University of Tehran on effect of salinity on absorption and transportation of mineral elements and growth & development of Melons.
Research Interests
    • Physiology and production of vegetable crops in open field and greenhouse conditions

    • Organic farming (vegetable production) and sustainable agriculture

    • Physiology of transplant and transplant production

    • Advanced methods for vegetable crop production (graduate level)
    • The physiology of vegetable crops (graduate level)
    • Organic vegetable production (graduate level)
    • Fundamentals of organic agriculture (undergraduate level)
    • Cool season vegetable crops (undergraduate level)
    • Warm season vegetable crops (undergraduate level)
    • Vegetable breeding and seed production (undergraduate level)
    • Principles for transplant production (undergraduate level)
    • Agriculture practicum (undergraduate level)

    • Javanmardi J. 2016. Cultural Practices of Persian Melons. Ch. 6. In: Handbook of Cucurbits: Growth, Cultural Practices, and Physiology. Edited by: Pessarakli, M. CRC Press. pages 119-128. CRC Press (February 9, 2016).
    • Javanmardi J. 2015. Composting Technology and Its By-Products. Mashhad University Press. Iran. 232 pages. In Farsi.
    • Mirjalili H. and Javanmardi J. 2012. Lovage (Levisticum officinale). In “Handbook of Herbs and Spices”. 2nd Ed. Vol. 3, Ch.19, pp 371-390. Woodhead Publishing.
    • Javanmardi J. 2010. Growing Organic Vegetables. Mashhad University Press. Mashhad. Iran. 349 pages. In Farsi.
    • Javanmardi J. 2010. Plug and Transplant Production: A Growers’ Guide.  By: R.C. Styer and D. Koranski. Mashhad University Press. Mashhad. Iran. 376 pages. Translated to Farsi.
    • Javanmardi J.  2009. Scientific and Applied Basis for Vegetable Transplant Production. Mashhad University Press. Mashhad. Iran. 265 pages. In Farsi.



    • Javanmardi, J. and N. Akbari. 2016. Salicylic acid at different plant growth stages affect secondary metabolites and phisico-chemical parameters of greenhouse tomato. Advances in Horticultural Sciences. 30(3): In press.
    • Javanmardi, J. and M. Moradiani. 2016. Tomato transplant production method affects plant development and field performance. International Journal of Vegetable Science.‌ DOI: 10.1080/19315260.2016.1169240.
    • Javanmardi J. and Hasanshahian O. 2015. Effect of humic acid and organic manure tea on plant physiology and fruit characteristics of Pepino (Solanum muricatum). Journal of Horticulture Science. 30:59-68. In Farsi.
    • Javanmardi J. and Rezaei M. 2015. Effects of colored polyethylene mulches on qualitative and quantitative characteristics of bell pepper. Vegetable Science Journal. 2: 1-8. In Farsi.
    • Hasanshahian, O., Javanmardi J. and Behroozbeh M. 2014. Effects of various rates and concentrations of N-P-K on growth ‘Rio Grande ’tomato. International Journal of Advanced Biological and Biomedical Research. 2(3): 579-585.
    • Javanmardi J., Zarei, M. and Saei, M. 2014. Influence of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on physiology and fruit quality of pepino (Solanum muricatum Ait.) in vermicompost amended medium. Advances in Horticultural Sciences. 28(1), 35-42.
    • Javanmardi J., Rahemi M. and Nasirzadeh M. 2014. Responses of tomato and pepper transplants to high temperature conditioning. International Journal of Vegetable Sciences. 20(4), 374-391.
    • Javanmardi J., Rahemi M. and Nasirzadeh M. 2013. Post-storage quality and physiological responses of tomato fruits treated with polyamines. Advances in Horticultural Sciences. 27(4): 173-181.
    • Javanmardi J., Rahemi M. and Nasirzadeh M. 2013. Physiological and reproductive responses of tomato and pepper transplants to low temperature conditioning. International Journal of Vegetable Sciences. 19(3): 294-310.
    • Javanmardi, J. and Emami, S. 2013. Application of sucrose on tomato seedlings improves transplant quality, crop establishment, cold and dark hardiness. Advances in Horticultural Sciences. 27(3): 122-126.
    • Javanmardi, J. and Emami, S. 2013. Response of tomato and pepper transplants to light spectra provided by light emitting diodes. International Journal of Vegetable Sciences. 19(1): 138-149.
    • Javanmardi J. and Ghorbani E. 2012. Effects of chicken manure and vermicompost teas on herb yield, secondary metabolites and antioxidant activity of lemon basil (Ocimum × citriodorum Vis.). Advances in Horticultural Sciences. 26 (3-4) 151-157.
    • Saharkhiz, M.J., Mohammadi, S., Javanmardi, J. and Tafazoli, E. 2011. Salicylic acid changes physio-morphological traits and essential oil content of catnip (Nepeta cataria L.). Z Arznei-Gewurzpfla. 16(2): 75–77.
    • Javanmardi J. and Rasuli F. 2010. Interaction effects of GA3 and Zinc sulfate on vegetative characteristics and yield of potato (Solanum tuberosum L. var. Agria). Iranian Journal of Horticultural Sciences. 10(4): 21-27.
    • Javanmardi J. 2009. Profiling volatile oil compounds using HS-SPME, GC-MS detection, a fast and reliable tool for classification of basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) accessions. Acta Horticulturae. 826: 297-300.
    • Javanmardi J., Ranjbar M. and Shams G. 2008. Effect of a magnetic field on growth indices of oyster mushroom (Pleurotus florida). Proceeding of the 17th Congress of the International Society of Mushroom Science. Acta Horticulturae. 17: 459-469.
    • Javanmardi J. and Kubota C. 2006. Variation of lycopene, antioxidant activity, total soluble solids and weight loss of tomato during postharvest storage. Postharvest Biology and Technology. 41: 151-155.
    • Kubota C., Wu M., Thomson C.A. and Javanmardi J. 2006. Controlled environments for production of value-added food crops with high phytochemical concentrations: High lycopene tomato as an example. HortScience. 41 (3) - 522-525.
    • Javanmardi J., Stushnoff C., Locke E. and Vivanco J.M. 2003. Antioxidant activity and total phenolic content of Iranian Ocimum accessions. Food Chemistry. 83 (4): 547-550.
    • Javanmardi J., Khalighi A., Kashi A., Bais H.P. and Vivanco J.M. 2002. Chemical characterization of basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) found in local accessions and used in traditional medicines in Iran. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 50 (21): 5878-5883. 
    • Javanmardi J., Lessani H., Kashi A. 2001. Effect of NaCl on absorption and transportation of some mineral elements in five Iranian native cultivars of Melon (Cucumis melo). Iranian Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 32: 31- 40.
    • Javanmardi J., Lessani H., Kashi A. Different salt tolerance mechanisms among five Iranian native melon cultivars during germination and vegetative growth stages. Proceedings of Second International Symposium of Plants under environmental stresses. pp 109.  18 - 24 Oct 2001. Moscow, Russia.