Zakaria Solaiman

Dr, BAgrSc MAgrSc B'desh.Ag, PhD Tokyo

  • The University of Western Australia (M079), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Zakaria Solaiman was born in Bangladesh and graduated his PhD from Tokyo, Japan. He is a soil microbiologist with over 27 years’ research and teaching experience in Australia, Bangladesh and Japan. After completing his PhD in Agriculture (soil biology, microbiology and plant nutrition), he held several prestigious postdoctoral positions in Japan before joining The University of Western Australia in 2000. He is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow on soil health, soil carbon sequestration, soil amendments such as compost and biochar, controlled-release fertilisers, nanofertiliser, microbial inoculants, and plant nutrients cycling. He also worked as a Research Associate (2004-2006) at The University of Adelaide on an ARC Discovery Project on “Plant-soil P-microbe interactions at rhizosphere” before returning to UWA in 2006. Since then, he has been working on a range of research projects in collaboration with many industry partners.

Previous positions

March 22, 2021, onwards

Senior Research Fellow 

April 1, 2006 – 31 March 2015

Research Fellow, School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia, Australia.

April 1, 2003 – 31 March 2006
Research Associate, Soil and Land Systems, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Australia.

April 13, 2000 – March 28, 2003
Research Officer, Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, School of Earth and Geographical Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Australia.

April 1, 1999 - April 12, 2000
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow, Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Faculty of Bioresources, Mie University, Japan.

October 1, 1995 - March 31, 1999
Japan Science and Technology (JST) Postdoctoral Fellow, National Grassland Research Institute, Japan.

October 1, 1991 - September 30, 1995
Japan Monbushu PhD scholarship, Laboratory of Plant Nutrition, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan.

January 17, 1988 - September 30, 1996
Lecturer & Assistant Professor in Soil Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh

Teaching overview

Supervising undergraduate, MSc and PhD students


- Regenerative agriculture

-Antimicrobial agents and resistance

- Sustainable agriculture

- Soil carbon sequestration and GHG emissions

- Biostimulants and rock mineral biofertilizers

- Biochar and mineral fertilisers interactions

- Organic waste recycling and composts

- Herbicides and microbes interactions

- Arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis

- Molecular techniques in rhizosphere study

- Provide soil health analytical services


Japanese and Bengali

Teaching overview

PhD Completion under my supervision/co-supervision

1. Dr Bede Mickan 

2. Dr Ahmed Alsharmani

3. Dr Salmabi Assainar

4. Dr Sangay Tshewang

5. Dr Sajeevee Sarathchandra

6. Dr Mohammad Moinul Islam

7. Dr Bablu Hira Mandal

8. Dr Sun Kumar Gurung

9. Dr Kinley Tshering 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Soil Biology, PhD

Award Date: 13 Sept 1995

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food
  • Environmental
  • Biotechnology

Research expertise keywords

  • Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plants interactions
  • Biochar use and carbon sequestration in agriculture
  • Soil phosphorus cycling
  • Soil molecular ecology
  • Organic and inorganic fertilisers
  • Herbicides and soil microbes interactions
  • Regenerative Agriculture
  • Sustainability
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Antimicrobial agents
  • Soil enzymes
  • DNA sequencing
  • Farming Systems


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