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 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

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

- Sustainable agriculture

- Soil carbon sequestration and GHG emissions

- Biostimulants and rock mineral biofertilisers

- Biochar and mineral fertilisers interactions

- 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

1. Dr Bede Mickan

2. Dr Ahmed Alsharmani

3. Dr Salmabi Assainar

Education/Academic qualification

Soil Biology, PhD

Award Date: 13 Sep 1995

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

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food
  • Environmental
  • Biotechnology


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