Dr. Mohamed El Gharous, a native of Morocco, is a Senior Consulting Scientist for the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) based in Benguerir, Morocco. He is also acting as Director of the Agricultural Innovation and Technology Transfer Center (AITTC) a Network of Experimental Farms throughout Africa at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University.
Mohamed received his engineering degree in horticulture from IAV Hassan II, Rabat and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Agronomy and Soil Science from Oklahoma State University, USA. Dr. Mohamed El Gharous was recruited by the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in 1980 where he held various responsibilities in research and management. During his career, he has initiated and led several research programs on fertilization and plant nutrition in arid and semi-arid regions. These research programs concerned in particular the effect of N, P and K fertilization on cereals and food legumes grain yield and quality; improved recommendation techniques for farmers in terms of quality and quantity of fertilizer to apply in calcareous soils, compost and its effect on soil quality; and other agricultural and environmental research themes. He has participated and coordinated many collaborated research projects with national and international institutions.
Dr. Mohamed El Gharous continues to contribute to the training and supervision of students from different universities. He also participated in several committees for thesis as a member and chairman. He has been a member of the Jury for the Selection of Deans for the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) of Settat and the Dean of the Faculty of Polydisciplinary Khouribga in 2004 and 2008 and the president of the University Hassan 1st in 2011.
Dr. Mohamed El Gharous also served as Director of the Regional Center for Agricultural Research Settat for 16 years, board member of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Settat, member of the Joint Committee Franco-Moroccan Research Projects for Development (PRAD) and Chairman of different non-governmental associations.
His participation in national and international conferences and seminars is very rich and he has published more than 80 articles in national and international journals. He was awarded a certificate of merit by the Ministry of Agriculture in 2004.