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Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection

Editor in Chief Shahrokh Khanizadeh

Shahrokh Khanizadeh was born in Kerman, Iran in 1953 and received his B.Sc. in 1975 in Agricultural Engineering, Tehran University in Karaj Tehran. He received his M.Sc. degree in Small Fruit Culture and Physiology in 1983 and Ph.D. in Tree Fruit Physiology and Biochemistry in 1989 from McGill University. He completed his post-doctoral position in 1992 in Breeding-Genetics and Statistics while working at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada and teaching at McGill University. He was  Assistant Professor in the Plant Science Department of Laval University 2007-2013 and Assistant professor in Statistics in the Plant Science Department of McGill University from 1992-1995.

He was Member of Agricultural Institute of Canada board of directors (2009-2013) and the Scientific Journal Committee, responsible for the general editorial and publication policy of the three journals (Can. J. Plant Sci., Can. J. Soil Sci., and Can. J. Animal Sci.) and policies affecting the financial affairs of these journals. In 2005, he was elected as president of Canadian Society for Horticultural Science and in 2007 he was appointed as the president of Plant Canada: The Federation of Canadian Plant Science Societies. He is currently the National co-ordinator of Fascination of Plants Day.

He accepted the position of Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of Canadian Journal of Plant Science from 2007 to 2013 and in 2014 was appointed by Taylor & Francis as EIC of Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection. Shahrokh was the founding member and Board member of the Global Plant Council.  

Currently he is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Horticultural Science and Technology and a member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports, Nature, Plant Biology and International Journal of Fruit Science

He received over 20 national and international awards including:  Honorary life membership of Canadian Society for Horticultural Science; Distinguished member award of Canadian Society for Horticultural Science; Gold Harvest award in recognition of exceptional commitment to the qualities of excellence and innovation, partnership and team building, leadership, client-Centre work, and inclusiveness from Government of Canada. He has an honorary appointment as Professor of Beijing Engineering Research Center and Nominated by Board of Directors as Honorary Member of Iranian Society for Horticultural Science.

In 2015 he was awarded for Khwarizmi International Award for carrying out outstanding efforts in improving the effectiveness of Science and Technology.

He received a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding performance and lasting contribution as President of Plant Canada 2007-2015 in 2015 and in 2019.

Shahrokh has fourteen US patents; two European Plant Variety Right’s Certificates, two Gene Bank registrations and published over 300 scientific articles, 17 books and book chapters. 

He developed and released 14 new strawberry cultivars, one raspberry, five new apple cultivars, 17 Dwarf apple rootstock, two red flowering strawberries and 3 ornamental apples for northern climate and Hanhong an asian pear through his collaboration with Pomology Institute Academy of Agriculture Science of Jilin Province, Gongzhuling, China.

In 2012 he accepted a new position and moved to Ottawa to lead a spring wheat breeding program (2012-2018). He is currently working for ELM consulting, a private company consulting in the area of genetic improvement of horticultural crops and rare genetic diseases of    children. 

Shahrokh have provided substantial leadership/consultation in more than one field of specialization and discipline including sustainable production systems, development of disease and pest resistant cultivars, plant physiology, genetic, software and data base development, web design with a strong background in experimental design and data analysis.

He is currently appointed as senior advisor of Shandong Six-Trees Agricultural Development Co., Ltd., Qingdao, Shandong, China.

Additional info on his career and productivity is posted at http://khanizadeh.info/

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Q&A with Shahrokh Khanizadeh

What sets Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection apart from its competitors?

  • Fast, high quality and fair peer review process.
  • The Journal accepts a wide range of topics related to plant protection against pest and diseases.
  • Any research article reporting original and sound results will be considered regardless of novelty.
  • Our low turnaround time for publishing.
  • The Editor-in-Chief will personally follow up the progress of the submitted Manuscript and respond to authors for any questions or delay.
  • High visibility and flexibility in MS formatting with no limit on length, number of tables and figures.
  • Journal is a fully open access journal with competitive rates. Learn more here 
  • Authors may submit their paper in any scholarly format or layout and spelling can be either US or UK English.
  • Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection accepts several types of contribution including original article, short communication, viewpoint and review article.
  • Annual acknowledgement of dedicated editors and reviewer. Learn more here   

What research do you and your fellow Editors have an interest in receiving in 2020?

Any topic related to plant protection including phytopathological, virology, bacteriology, mycology, nematology, entomology and tactics and strategies to protect plants and plant products.

What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently consulting; I provide scientific and strategic advice to private and public organizations, universities and government institutions nationally and internationally. My expertise includes but is not limited to preparing and reviewing research proposals, writing, timelines, data verification and research budgets, program/project and functional management and strategic planning.


What would your advice be to early career researchers and/or students?

Listed without any order;

  • Get involved with publishers e.g. request to be a rep in your location
  • Submit your ideas to journals who accept letters or view point to the Editor
  • Contact the scientific journals and express your interest to be a reviewer
  • Learn how to analyse your data
  • Write a review article
  • Widen your expertise by changing the topic of your research from B.Sc. to Post Doctorate research. Do not stay in your comfort zone, don’t be afraid to try something new
  • Present your work at scientific meetings
  • Collaborate with colleagues within and outside of your department; this will translate to more co-authorships and more citations, which will improve your chances for funding
  • Find out who are the research officers in universities and introduce yourself to them
  • Publish your results and research work

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