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Biosafety Expert
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Date of creation
2008-11-25 17:58 UTC (ghareyazie@yahoo.com)
Date of last update
2020-04-14 05:22 UTC (ghareyazie@yahoo.com)
Date of publication
2020-04-15 14:24 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Profile of the Expert
Dr. Behzad Ghareyazie (PhD Genetics) has more than 20 years of experience in research, education and administration in the field of modern biotechnology and biosafety. In addition to academic achievements and positions such as Dean, College of Agriculture of a state University in Iran (Guilan University), he held several executive positions. He was Deputy Minister and Head of Agricultural Research Education and Extension Organization (AREEO) of Iran. He is considered as founder of the Modern Agricultural Biotechnology in Iran since he established a world-class Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRII), in 1999 and served as its Director General for seven years. He is currently serving as the Director General of ABRII for the second term and the Head, New Technologies Division of Iran's Center for Strategic Research (CSR), and the President of Biosafety Society of Iran. He has been involved in several international negotiations on Modern Biotechnology and Biosafety regulations such as Cartagena Protocols on Biosafety (from the very stage of its development in 1999) and Codex Alimentarious. He is frequently invited by Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO) and other international/national authorities for consultation on safety assessment of foods derived from Modern Biotechnology and deliberate release of LMOs into the environment, capacity building programs and consultations. He is the most experienced Iranian negotiator in the field of biosafety and is currently serving as the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Focal Point.
He has supervised more than 40 graduate students in the filed of Agricultural Biotechnology and has published/presented more than 220 scientific papers in peer reviewed scientific journals or in different congresses.
Personal Information
Professor Behzad Ghareyazie
#5, Bijan Alley, Golha Square, Jahanshahr
Karaj, Alborz
Iran (Islamic Republic of), 31359-33698
  • Male
  • Iranian
Date of birth
Place of birth
Tehran, Iran
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Department / Division / Unit
Start date
Main responsibilities
Policy making, Regulation, Capacity building, Training, Biosafety, Strategic Planing and Research
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Philippines
  • Croatia
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B.Sc. in Agronomy
Name of academic institution
Guilan University
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
M.Sc. in Agronomy
Name of academic institution
Tarbiat Modarres University
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
Ph.D. in Genetics
Name of academic institution
University of Philippines at LosBanos, Philippines
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Ending date
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
Head, Agricultural Research Education and Extension Organization (AREEO) of Iran (Feb 2000- May 2003).
ّFounder and Director General, Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran, (1998-2005).
Project Scientist (1996-1998), Plant Molecular Biology Laboratories, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, Philippines.
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Biosafety systems development and implementation expertise
  • Agricultural and rural development
  • LMO research and development
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Biodiversity
  • Biotechnology
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Ghareyazie, B., Alinia, F., Menguito. C. A., Rubia, L.G, De Palma, J.M, Liwanag, E. A, Cohen, M.B, Khush, G.S and Bennett. J. (1997). Enhanced resistance to two stemborers in an aromatic rice containing a synthetic Cry IA (b) gene. Molecular Breeding 3: 401-414.
Ghareyazie B. 2006. Overview on biotechnology in developing countries with emphasis on Near East region: constraints and challenges. Proceedings of Expert Consultation Meeting to Strengthen Linkages between Postharvest and Biotechnology. 12-14 September 2006, Hammamet, Tunisia.
Ghareyazie B, Esfahani K, Behnia SS,Maarof E, Khayam nekooyi SM, Magidi E, (2004). International Strategy of Biotechnology in Plant Science. A book Published by Agriculturl Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran
List of other publications
1. Bennett, J., Cohen, M.B., Katyar, S. K., Ghareyazie, B., and Khush, G. S. (1997). Enhancing insect resistance in rice through biotechnology. In N. Carozzi and M. Koziel (Eds.) Advances in Insect Control. Taylor and Francis, USA.
2. Nagavi MR, Ghareyazie B, and Salekdeh Gh (2005 and 2007) Molecular Markers. University of Tehran, Iran (in Farsi)
5. Meibodi MM and Ghareyazie B, (2002).  Physiological and genetic aspects of salt stress in higher plants. Technology University of Isfahan Publisher (in Farsi)
7. Ghareyazie B, Khayam Nekooyi SM,Malboobi MA, Esfahani K, Behnia SS,Moshiri F, Magidi E, (2004). National Strategy of Biotechnology in Plant Science.
1. Omrani-Sabbaghi A, Shahriari M, Falahati-Anbaran M, Mohammadi SA, Nankali A, Mardi M, and Ghareyazie B. 2007. Microsatellite markers based assessment of genetic diversity in Iranian olive (Olea europaea L.) collections. Scientia Horticulturae, 112: 439-447.
2. Falahti-Anbaran M, Habashi AA, Esfahany M, Mohammadi SA, and Ghareyazie B.2007. Population genetic structure based on SSR markers in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) from various regions contiguous to the centers of origin of the species. Journal of Genetics, Vol. 86, No. 1.
3. Alinia, F., Ghareyazie, B., Rubia LG., Bennett J., and M. B. Cohen (2000).  Effect of plant age, larval age, and fertilizer treatment on resistance of a Cry 1A (b) transformed aromatic rice to lepidopterous stem borers and foliage feeders. Econ. J. Econ. Entomol 93(2): 484-493.
4. Ghareyazie, B., Huang, N, Second, G, Bennett, J., and Khush, G. S. (1995). Classification of rice germplasm. I. Analysis using ALP and PCR-based RFLP. Theor Appl Genet 91:218-227.
5. Ghareyazie, B., Alinia, F., Menguito. C. A., Rubia, L.G, De Palma, J.M, Liwanag, E. A, Cohen, M.B, Khush, G.S and Bennett. J. (1997). Enhanced resistance to two stemborers in an aromatic rice containing a synthetic Cry IA (b) gene. Molecular Breeding 3: 401-414.
8. Tohidfar M, Mohammadi M and Ghareyazie B 2005. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) using a heterologous bean chitinase gene. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture. 83:83-96.
9. Najafi J, Alipanah L, Ghareyazie B, Mohammadi SA, Hagh Nazari A, and This P. 2006. Genetic Diversity of Iranian and some of European Grapes revealed by Microsatellite Markers. Iranian Journal of Biotechnology, Vol.4: No. 1
11. Dolatti L, Ghareyazie B, Moharramipour S and Noori-Dalooi MR 2005. Evidence for regional diversity and host adaptation in Iranian populations of the Russian wheat aphid. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 114: 171-180.
12. Mardi M, Buerstmayr, H, Ghareyazie B, Lemmens M, Mohammadi SA, Nolz R, Ruckenbauer P 2005. QTL analysis of resistance to Fusarium head blight in wheat using a 'Wangshuibai'-derived population. Plant Breeding 124. 329-333.
18. Tohidfar G, Mohammadi M, Ghareyazie B and Mohammad S.A. (2004). Relationships between HMW-Gus and bread making quality in advanced wheat lines. Cereal Food World. 44:1-4.
19. Rabiei B, Valizadeh M and Ghareyazie B. (2004). Evaluation of selection indices for improving rice grain shape. FIELD CROPS RESEARCH 89 (2-3): 359-367 OCT. 8. 2004.
20. Rabiei B, Valizadeh M, Ghareyazie B (2004). Identification of QTLs for rice grain size and shape of Iranian cultivars using SSR markers. Euphytica 137 (3): 325-332 JUN 2004.
21. Mardi M, Buerstmayr H, Ghareyazie B (2004). Combining ability analysis of resistance to head blight caused by Fusarium graminearum in spring wheat. Euphytica 139:45-50.
23. Mardi M., Yazdisamadi B, Ghannadha MR, Ghareyazie B, Talei A, and Buerstmayr H. (2003).  Genetic analysis of inbred lines and their crosses for fusarium head blight resistance genes in wheat. J. Appl. Genet. 43A:267-278.
24. Ebrahimi E, Habashi AA, Ghareyazie B, Ghannadha MR and Mohammadie (2003). A rapid and efficient method for regeneration of plantlets from embryo explants of cumin (Cuminum cyminum L.).  Plant Cell, Tissue & Organ culture. 75:19-25.
27. Salekdeh GH, Siopongco J, Wade LJ, Ghareyazie B, and J Bennett.  Proteomic analysis of rice leaves during drought stress and recovery (2002). Proteomics 2:1131-1145.
28. Salekdeh GH, Siopongco J, Wade LJ, Ghareyazie B, and J Bennett.  (2002). A proteomic approach to analyzing drought- and salt-responsiveness in rice. Field Crops Research. 76:199-219.
29. Roodbarkelari F, Ghareyazie B, and Farshadfar E (2001).  Evaluation of genetic diversity of Iranian rice (Oryza sativa L.) using RAPD markers.  Iranian Journal of Crop Sciences 3, 4: 8-15.
3. Ghareyazie B, Afraz F, Karimi R, Abdollahi S, Alinia F, Hosseini Salekdeh GH, and Towhidfar M (2005). Adressing some safety concerens of the first transgenic insect resistant rice in Iran and related issues. 5th International Rice Genetics  Symposium. 19-23 Nov. 2005. Manila, Philippines.
9. Ghareyazie B, Karimi R, Hosseini Salekdeh Gh (2005) Establishment of substantial equivalence between a transgenic rice and its traditional counterpart variety Tarom Molaii. Proteomics congress, Germany.
17. Tohidfar, Gh.,Ghareyazie, B., Mohammadi, M. and Abde mishani, c.(2003). Agrobacterium mediated transformation of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) whit bean chitinase gene. 5th international symposium in the series "Recent Advances in Plant Biotechnology". Slovak Republic.
18. Wade, L.J., Samson, B.K., Siopongco, J., Egdane, J., Ismail, A.,Bennett, J.,Salekdeh, H.G., Ghareyazie, B.,McLaren, C.G., Kamoshita, A., Yano,K. and Yamauchi, A.(2003). Progress in Drought Avoidance of Rainfed Lowland Rice International conference: Research on water in Agricultural production in Asia for 21th century, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
27. Ghareyazie B, Iran: Hopes, Achievements, and Constraints in Agricultural Biotechnology. (1999). Proceedings of an International Conference Washington, D.C., 21-22 Oct. 1999.G.J. Persley and M.M. Lantin, Editors. 2000. Agricultural Biotechnology and the Poor: Proceedings of an International Conference Washington, D.C., 21-22 Oct. 1999.Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, Washington, D.C.
28. Cohen MB, Bentur JS, Aguda RM, Romena AM, Dirie AM, Alinia F, B Ghareyazie, Cuong NL, Bennett J, and F Gould (1999). Optimizing The "High Dose Plus Refuge" Management Strategy For Bt Rice. Proceeding of General Meeting of the International Program Rice Biotechnology. 20-24 Sep. 1999. Phuket, Thailand.
1 Haghjooyan R, Ghareyazie B and Sanei Shariat Panahi M. (2005). Investigation of genetic variation of wulnut of Tuiserkan accessions and Four collections (Karaj, Shahrood, Uromia and Mashhad) using quantitative morphological markers. Journal of Research and Reconstruction, Vol 69
12 Ehya F, Ghaffari MR, Zagheri S and B Ghareyazie (2005). Development of PCR based markers for a Fusarium resistance candidate gene (PDR5) in wheat. Iranian Journal of Crop Sciences. Vol 6, No. 4.
14 Falahati Anbaran M, Habashi AA, Esfahani M, Mohammadi SAG and B Ghareyazie (2005). Assessing inter and intra-population genetic diversity and structure in Iranian cultivated alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) using microsatellite markers. Iranian J. Agric. Sci. Vol. 36, No. 4.
16 Fotokian M, Taleie A, Ghareyazie B, Postini K, Shahnejat Bushehri AA and ZK Li. (2005). QTL mapping of genes affecting salt tolerance in rice (Oryza sativa L.) Using microsatellite markers. Iranian Journal of Crop Sciences. Vol 6, No. 4
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Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
• Outstanding Achievement Award, International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, Philippines (1994).
• Plaque of Appreciation, Grand Biotechnology Award, University of Tarbiat Modarres, Iran (2005).
• Plaque of Appreciation, Farmers House, Iran (2005).
Professional memberships
Biosafety Society of Iran (President)
Council Member, International Society of Horticultural Sciences (ISHS) (Since 2002).
Founding Member, Asian Biosafety Education Network (ABEN) and Iranian Biotechnology Society
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
• Joint FAO/WHO Expert panel on the safety assessment of Foods Derived from Genetically Modified Animals, including Fish, held at the Headquarters of the FAO in Rome from 17 to 21 November 2003.
• Member, National Biosafety Committee Islamic Republic of Iran (1998-2005 and since 2013).
• Member, Biodiversity Committee, Islamic Republic of Iran (since 1998).
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Persian
  • Azerbaijani
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • Arabic
  • Azerbaijani
  • English
  • Persian
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • Arabic
  • Azerbaijani
  • English
  • Persian
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • Arabic
  • Azerbaijani
  • English
  • Persian
Dr. Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh
Head, Plant Physiology and Proteomics Division
Agriculturasl Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRII)
Seed and Plant Improvement Institute Campus, Mahdasht Road.
Iran (Islamic Republic of), 31535-1897
Gene Research Center & Graduate school for Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Tsukuba, Ten - noudai 1-1-1, Tsukuba,
Japan, 305-8572
Dr. G.S. Khush
Retired Principle Breeder and Head of Plant Breeding
Genetic and Biochemistry Department
Blackhawk Pl
United States of America
Key Professional References
Dr. Dr. G.S.Khush IRRI Retired Principle Breeder and Head of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biochemistry Department
39399 Blackhawk Pl
Davis, CA 95616-7008, USA
Tel.: 1-530-750-2440
Dr. Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh,
Head, Plant Physiology and Proteomics Division,
Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran,
Seed And Plant Improvement Institute Campus, Mahdasht Road,
P.O. Box: 31535-1897
Karaj, Iran.
Tel: +98-263-2703536
E-mail: h_Salekdeh@abrii.ac.ir
Professor, Plant Genetic Diversity, Environmental Biosafety and Bioethics
Gene Research Center & Graduate School for Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Tsukuba
Ten-noudai 1-1-1, Tsukuba
Ibaraki, 305-8572
Phone/fax: +81-298-53-4663
Fax: +81-29-853-7723
Home phone/fax: +81-29-847-1088
E-mail:  nabechan@gene.tsukuba.ac.jp
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