dividerFaculity MemberdividerMaryam Jafarkhani Kermani
Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran
Associated Professor
Maryam Jafarkhani Kermani
Associated Professor
email m.j.kermani@abrii.ac.ir


  • Introduction
  • Research
  • Science Articles
  • Achievements

Dr Maryam Jafarkhani Kermani is an associate professor whose main research area has been focused on tissue culture and breeding new plant material using modern biotechnological methods. She has carried out many research projects mainly on the plants in the Rosaceous family. Dr Kermani has supervised many MSc and PhD students who have successfully graduated.  She has served as Head of Technology Transfer Administration in Agricultural and Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRII) for more than 5 years and she is currently a member of board of directors of Iranian Journal of Ornamental Plants (ISOP) and the editor in chief of the Iranian Journal of Ornamental Plants (IJOP).  

Current Projects:

  • Virus detection and elimination in quince cultivar and rootstocks
  • Application of thermotherapy and meristem culture in virus elimination of newly released cultivars, high performance native cultivars and commercial rootstocks of apple


Publications in scientific journals

  • M. J. Kermani, V. Sarasan, A. V. Roberts, K. Yokoya, J. Wentworth and V. K. Sieber. (2003) Oryzalin-induced chromosome doubling in Rosa and its effect on plant morphology and pollen viability. Theor Appl Genet 107:1195-1200.


  • S Mostaffa Pirseyedi, Mohsen Mardi, Saied Davazdahemami, Maryam J. Kermani, S Abolghasem Mohammadi. (2005) Analysis of the genetic diversity 12 Iranian Damask rose (Rosa damascena Mill.) genotypes using amplified fragment length polymorphism markers. Iranian Journal of Biotechnology, 4:225-230.


  • Pegah Khosravi, Maryam J. Kermani, Gorban A. Nematzadeh, Mohammad R. Bihamta. (2007). A Protocol for Mass Production of Rosa hybrida cv. Iceberg Through In Vitro Propagation. Iranian Journal of Biotechnology. 5 (1): 100-104.


  • P. Khosravi · M. J. Kermani, G. A. Nematzadeh · M. R. Bihamta · K. Yokoya. (2008) Role of mitotic inhibitors and genotype on chromosome doubling of Rosa. Euphytica 160, 267-275


  • T. Basaki, M. Mardi, M. Jafarkhani Kermani, S.M. Pirseyedi, M.R. Ghaffaria, A. Haghnazar, P. Salehi Shanjani and P. Koobaz (2008) Assessing Rosa persica genetic diversity using amplified fragment length polymorphisms analysis. Scientia Horticulreae 120, 538-543.


  • Maryam Jafarkhani Kermani, Andrew V. Roberts, Kazutomo Yokoya (2009) Morphological Investigations and Infection Studies of the Rust-Causing Fungi of Roses. Floriculture and Ornamental Biotechnology 3 (1), 126-130



  • Parisa Koobaz, Maryam Jafarkhani Kermani, Zahra Sadat Hosseini, Mahboobe Khatamsaz. (2009) Inter- and Intraspecific Morphological Variation of Four Iranian Rose Species. Floriculture and Ornamental Biotechnology 3 (1), 40-45


  • Abolfazl Jowkar, Maryam Jafarkhani Kermani, Mohsen Kafi, Mohsen Mardi, Zahra Sadat Hoseini, Parisa Koobaz (2009) Cytogenetic and Flow Cytometry Analysis of Iranian Rosa spp. Floriculture and Ornamental Biotechnology 3 (1), 71-74


  • M. Jafarkhani Kermani, Z. S. Hosseini, A. A. Habashi (2008) A refined tissue culture medium for in vitro proliferation of apple rootstocks. Acta horticulturae 829, 313-318


  • Z. Ghayoor Karimiani, A. Bagheri, G.H. Davarynejad, M. Jafarkhani Kermani, (2009) Investigating the in-vitro growth inhibition of oryzalin treated Gerbera jamesonii. Acta horticulturae 829, 309-312


  • Kermani, M. J, Jowkar, A.  Habashi A. A. (2008) A review on modern breeding of ornamentals. (Persian) Modern Genetics Journal 3 (3), 5-14


  • A. Jowkar, M. Mardi, M. J. Kermani, M. Kafi, S. M. Pirseyedi, M. R. Ghaffari, R. Fattahi, M. Zeinolabedini And P. Mahmoodi. (2010) Development of novel microsatellite markers from an enriched genomic library in Rosa pulverulenta. Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources Database (April 2010 – 31 May 2010). Molecular Ecology Resources. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2010.02898.


  • Maryam Jafarkhani Kermani, Pegah Khosravi and Somayeh Kavand. (2010) Optimizing in vitro propagation of Rosa Persica. Iranian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 1 (1), 44-50.


  • Ghasem Karimzadeh, Seyed Hossein Mosavi, Maryam Jafarkhani Kermani, Mokhtar, Jalali-Javaran. (2010) Karyological and nuclear DNA variation in Iranian endemic muskmelon (Cucumis melo var. inodorus ). Cytologia, 75 (4) 452-461.


  • Somayeh Kavand, Maryam Jafarkhani Kermani, Ali Haghnazari, Pegah Khosravi and Mohamad Reza Azimi. (2011) Micropropagation and medium-term conservation of Rosa pulverulenta. Acta Scientiarum. Agronomy, 33 (2) 297-301.



  • Z. Ghayoor Karimiani, A. Bagheri, .M Jafarkhani Kermani, G. H. Davarynejad   (2011) Effects of TDZ and Kinetin on Regeneration and Proliferation of Gerbera hybrida cv. Red Explosion. Journal of horticultural Science, 24 (2) 170-174. 


  • Koobaz, P. Jafarkhani Kermani M. Hosseini Z. Jowkar A. Khatamsaz, M. Biosystematic study of Rosa (Sect. Pimpinellifoliaeae) and described R. abrica (Rosaceae) as a new species from Iran. Rostaniha 12(1): 51-62.



  • Haghighat Afshar, M., Jafarkhani Kermani  M., Khalighi A., Habashi A. A., Mohammadi A. (2011). Direct shoot regeneration on three cultivars of Rosa hybrida using five explant types and different hormone concentrations. American-Euroasian J. of Agric. & Environ. Sci., 10 (6): 962-967 


  • Kahrizi, Z. A., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Amiri, M. E., Vedadi, S (2011). Identifying the correct dose of gamma- rays for in vitro mutation of rose cultivars. Acta Hort 923. ISHS: 121-127


  • Lotfzad, G., Vadanpour Azghandi, A., Majidi Herevan, A., Jafarkhani Kermani, M (2011). Propagation of dwarfing cherri rootstocks (Clone 4553). Journal of Horticultural Science and Technology 12 (2): 231-240.


  • Pourhosseini, L., Habashi, A. A.,  Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Khalighi, A., Tahmasbi, Z (2012) Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of chitinase gene in Rosa damascene cv. Ghamsar. Annals of Biological Research 3 (6): 2843-2850.


  • Oroojloo, M., Shariatpanahi, M. E., Dehestani, M., Bihamta, M. R., Jafarkhani Kermani M (2012). Influence of Isolation method and culture media on induction of microspores embryogenesis in roses (Rosa hybrida). Seed and Plant Improvement Journal 28 (2): 327- 333.


  • Dashti, S., Habashi, A. A., Abdollahi, H., Chamani, M., Jafarkhani Kermani, M (2012) Optimization o f pear (Pyrus communis L.) gene transformation using the reporter gene gus. Journal of crop production and processing. 5, 175-186


  • Pourhosseini, L., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Habashi, A. A., Khalighi, A. (2013). Efficiency of direct and indirect shoot organogenesis in different genotypes of Rosa hybrida. Plant Cell Tiss Organ Cult.112: 101-108.


  • Kahrizi, Z A., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Amiri, M (2012) Effect of gamma rays on nuclear DNA content in different rose genotypes. International research journal of applied and basic sciences. 3 (6), 1155-1160


  • Kahrizi, Z. A., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Amiri, M., Vedadi, S., Hosseini, Z (2013) In vitro radio-sensitivity of different genotypes and explants of rose (Rosa hybrida). Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology. 88 (1) 47–52


  • Ali Akbar Habashi, Soudeh Dashti, Hamid Abdollahi and Maryam Jafarkhani Kermani (2012). Comparing vacuum Agroinoculation and common Agroinoculation in two pear (Pyrus communis L.) cultivars “Bartlett” and “Harrow delight”. Annals of Biological Research. 3 (7) 3200-3207


  • Dehestani Ardakani, M., Kafi, M., Enayati Shariatpanahi, M, Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Fattahi Moghadam, M. R., Oroojloo, M ( 2012) Investigation on the Effects of Temperature and Starvation Stresses on Microspore Embryogenesis in Two Tetraploid Roses (Rosa hybrida L.) via Isolated Microspore Culture Technique. Crop Biotech. 2 (3) 71-81.



  • Kiani, D., Moieni, A., Jafarkhani Kermani, M. (2013) Effect of thermal and chemical pre-treatment on callogenesis of anther culture in Damask rose (Rosa damascena Mill) and hybrid tea rose (Rosa hybrida). Seed and Plant Improvement Journal 29-2 (1) 143-147.


  • Tabesh, F., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Khayam Nekuie, S. M., Mousavi, A., Khalighi, A. (2013) In vitro propagation of damask rose (Rosa damascena cv. Ispahan). Annals of biological research 4 (8) 134-138.


  • Ahmadi, T., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Mashayakhi, K., Hasanloo, T., Shariatpanahi., M. E. (2013) Comparing plant morphology, fertility and secondary metabolites in Rosa hybrida cv Iceberg and its chromosome doubled progenies. International research journal of applied and basic sciences 4 (11) 3840-3849


  • Javadi, S., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Irian, S., Majd A. (2013) Indirect regeneration from in vitro grown leaves of three pear cultivars and determination of ploidy level in regenerated shoots by flow cytometry. Scientia Horticulturae 164: 455-460


  • Abdolmohammadi, M., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Zkizadeh, H., Hamidoghli, Y. (2014) In vitro embryo germination and interploidy hybridization of rose (Rosa sp). Euphytica. 198: 255-264


  • Hasanloo, T., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Malmir Chegini, M., Sepehrifar, R., Mohajeri Naraghi, S., Miri, S. M. (2014) Optimization of in vitro propagation of Qare-Qat (Vaccinium arctostaphylus). Journal of Medicinal Plants and By-products 2: 199-205.


  • Hatamian H., Jafarkhani Kermani M.,  Maleki Zanjani B., Habashi A. A. (2014) Adventitious shoot regeneration and flow cytometry of Cydonia oblonga Mill. (cv. Isfahan). Agricultural Communications 2 (4): 41-48


  • Zeini Pour, M., Azadi, P., Majd, A., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Irian S. (2015) Effect of stress factors on somatic embryogenesis of rose. International Journal of Biosciences 6 (2): 255-265


  • Dehestani Ardakani, M., Kafi, M., Enayati Shariatpanahi, M, Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Fattahi Moghadam, M. R., Oroojloo, M ( 2015) Investigating the Effects of Temperature and Starvation Stresses on viability and cell division of rose (Rosa hybrida L.) microspores.  Crop Biotech (Accepted)


  • Sadeghi, F., Yadollahi, A., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Eftekhari, M. (2015) Optimizing culture media for in vitro proliferation and rooting of Tetra (Prunus empyrean 3) rootstock. Journal of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology 13: 19-23


  • Mosavi, S.N., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Maleki Zanjani, B., Hasanloo, T., Abdollahi, H. (2015) Investigating callus induction from the seed coats of Cydonia oblonga Mill using thin cell layer. Journal of Medicinal Plants Biotechnology 1(1):  5-11. (In Persian)


  • Ahmadi, T., Shariatpanahi, M., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Mashayekhi K. 2016. Improving the viability of microspores in Rosa hybrida cv. Apollo for haploid induction. Iranian Journal of Ornamental Plants 1(2): 44-50 (in Persian).


  • Talebi, S.F., Saharkhiz, M.J., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Sharafi, Y., Raouf Fard, F. 2016. Effect of ploidy level on the nuclear genome content and essential oil composition of Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum [Pursh.] Kuntze). Analytical Chemistry Letters.  6 (5): 678-687


  • Hashemzadeh Z., Jafarkhani Kermani, M., Hamidoghli Y. 2017. Investigating the effect of explant type, culture media and exposure to darkness on induction of in vitro direct regeneration from leaves of Ziziphus jujuba Mill. Biotechnology Tarbiat Modares University(accepted)


Scientific Achievements

  • Publication of more than 30 research papers in the international Journals
  • Publication of more than 10 research papers in the national Journals
  • Completion of 30 Research Projects
  • Supervising of more than 30 MSc and PhD students
  • Holding and lecturing scientific of more than 10 workshops
  • Production of four new varieties of roses: Two new tetraploids from diploid roses and three new hexaploids from triploid roses.
  • Patent in Iran: A protocol for mass production of apple rootstocks.
  • Patent in Iran: A protocol to induce chromosome doubling in plants.
  • Patent in Iran: A protocol for mass production of 15 rose cultivars


Scientific Achievements Transferred to Private Sector

  •  The protocol for mass production of apple rootstocks using tissue culture
  • The protocol for micropropagation of large-fruit jujube-tree (Ziziphus jujuba)


Scientific Achievements at Pilot Stage

Virus elimination and detection in apple rootstocks and cultivars



  • Receiving the award from the President in 2008
  • Receiving the award from the Minister of Agriculture in 2010
  • Title of top researcher  of the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad in 2010
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