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M. Ali Tabatabai




Office: Agronomy Hall

Phone: 515-294-7848




Department: Agronomy

Research Interests: soil chemistry, nutrient cycling and management

Brief description of current research:

Ali Tabatabai's research focuses on soil enzymes, chemistry and biochemistry of C, N, S, and P reactions and transformations in soils, nutrient cycling, analytical methods for soils, plant materials, and natural waters, waste disposal on agricultural land, and reactions of heavy metals in soils.

Recent publications:

Dr.Tabatabai has authored or coauthored more than 350 publications, including 188 refereed journal articles and 40 book chapters; and edited five books and monographs.

Ajwa, H. A., and M. A. Tabatabai. 1994. Decomposition of different organic materials in soils. Biol Fertil. Soils 18:175_182.

Deng, S. P., and M. A. Tabatabai. 1995. Cellulase activity of soils. Soil Biol. Biochem. 26:1347_1354.

Martinez, C. E., and M. A. Tabatabai. 1997. Decomposition of biotechnology by-products in soils. J. Environ. Qual. 26:625_632.

Senwo. Z. N., and M. A. Tabatabai. 1998. Amino acid composition of soil organic matter. Biol. Fertil. Soils 26:235_242.

Klose, S., and M. A. Tabatabai. 1999. Arylsulfatase activity of microbial biomass in soils. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 63:569_574.

Acosta_Maryinez, V., and M. A. Tabatabai. 2000. Arylamidase activity in soils. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 64:215_221.

Tabatabai, M. A., A. Garcia_Manzanedo, and V. Acosta_Martinez. 2001. Substrate specificity of arylamidase in soils. Soil Biol. Biochem. 34:103-110.

Ekenler, M., and M. A. Tabatabai. 2004. b_Glucosaminidase activity as an index of nitrogen mineralization in soils. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 35:1081_1094.

Dodor, D. E., and M. A. Tabatabai. 2005. Glycosidases in soils as   affected by cropping systems. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 168:749_758.