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Dr. Goodarz Najafian

Seed and Plant Improvement Institute (SPII), Karaj, Iran
Director General and Wheat Breeder

Dr. Goodarz Najafian has been a wheat Breeder in agricultural and natural resources research center of Kermanshah, Iran during 1991-2003, national coordinator of wheat breeding program for temperate areas of Iran from 2003 till now in Seed and Plant Improvement Research Institute (SPII), Iran. Deputy of Head Cereal Research Dept, SPII during 2006-2008, Head same department in 2013 and director general, SPII from February 2014 till now are his taken responsibilities. He has been engaged in development of irrigated wheat germplasm for temperate areas of Iran and achieved in releasing of several varieties so far, among those 3 recently released with different qualifications and resistance/tolerance to stem rust race: Ug99 (tested in Kenya).