Zakaria Solaiman

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

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

    6009 Perth


  • 1980 Citations
  • 27 h-Index
1990 …2020

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Personal profile


Dr Zakaria Solaiman is a soil microbiologist with over 20 years’ research experience in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, soil carbon sequestration, biochar and plant nutrition. After completing his PhD in Agriculture (soil microbiology and plant nutrition), he held several postdoctoral positions in Japan before joining The University of Western Australia in 2000. He is currently working as a Research Fellow in an ARC (Australian Research Council) Linkage Project on “Characterisation of soil microbial interactions for increased efficacy of herbicides using novel fertiliser management practices”. He also worked as a Research Associate at The University of Adelaide on an ARC Discovery Project on “Plant-soil-microbe interactions at rhizosphere” before returning to UWA in 2006. Since then, Zakaria is working in a range of research in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia and many other industry partners.

Previous positions

April 1, 2015 – present
Research Fellow, UWA School of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Western Australia, Australia.

April 1, 2006 – 31 March 2015
Research Associate, 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


- Molecular ecology and physiology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
- Biochar and mineral fertilisers interactions
- Herbicides and microbes interactions
- Molecular techniques in rhizosphere study


Japanese and Bengali

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

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Research Output

Biochar-based fertilizer: Supercharging root membrane potential and biomass yield of rice

Chew, J., Zhu, L., Nielsen, S., Graber, E., Mitchell, D. R. G., Horvat, J., Mohammed, M., Liu, M., van Zwieten, L., Donne, S., Munroe, P., Taherymoosavi, S., Pace, B., Rawal, A., Hook, J., Marjo, C., Thomas, D. S., Pan, G., Li, L., Bian, R. & 7 others, McBeath, A., Bird, M., Thomas, T., Husson, O., Solaiman, Z., Joseph, S. & Fan, X., 15 Apr 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 713, 136431.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Biochar increases soil organic carbon, avocado yields and economic return over 4 years of cultivation

    Joseph, S., Pow, D., Dawson, K., Rust, J., Munroe, P., Taherymoosavi, S., Mitchell, D. R. G., Robb, S. & Solaiman, Z. M., 1 Jul 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 724, 138153.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Characterization and carbon mineralization of biochars produced from different animal manures and plant residues

    Sarfaraz, Q., Silva, L., Drescher, G., Zafar, M., Severo, F., Kokkonen, A., Molin, G., Shafi, M., Shafique, Q. & Solaiman, Z., 1 Dec 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 955.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)