Dr Mohamet El Gharous

Dr. El Gharous received a Horticultural Engineer degree (B.Sc.) in 1980 from the Agronomy and Veterinary Hassan II Institute in Rabat, Morocco. 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, where he lectures and serves as a supervising committee member for a number of graduate student programs. Dr. El Gharous is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of fertilization, the research programs of INRA-Settat, and Zero-Tillage. He is a member of the Franco-Moroccan joint scientific committee for PRAD Projects (Research Projects in Agriculture for Development), President of the Sports and Cultural Association of Agricultural Research (INRA Club at Settat), and Vice President of the Cultural Association of the Chaouia Ouardigha Region.