The Open Agriculture Journal

ISSN: 1874-3315 ― Volume 14, 2020

Note: Average publication time of 18 days between final acceptance of revised manuscript and its publication


Yaroslav B. Blume (Biography
Yaroslav B. Blume

Prof. Yaroslav Blume is the Director of the Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics (from 2008), and Head of Department of Genomics and Molecular Biotechnology. Prof. Yaroslav Blume completed his M.S. (Biochemistry) from Kyiv State University in 1978, Ph.D. (1982), and Dr. Sci. (Dr. Hab.) (1988). He is a Full Member of the Natl. Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2006). His scientific career started from Kyiv University which continued in Natl. Academy of Sci., and worked for a long time in the Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering (1989-2008). He was a visiting scientist at the University of Freiburg (1997), Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa (1998), John Innes Center, Norwich (1998-2003), and Antwerpen University (2005-2006). He was an invited professor at Schiller University, Jena (2001). His research activity is aimed at cell biology, genomics and biotechnology of plant cytoskeleton and cell signalling as well as a development of new tools for molecular biotechnology, creation of plants with novel traits, especially for biofuel production. Prof. Blume authored and co-authored more than 250 research publications, 11 patent inventions and 9 plant varieties. He received The State Prize of Ukraine in 2011, and the Prize of Natl. Academy of Sci. in Genetics in 2002.


National Academy of Science of Ukraine
Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics


F. Paolocci (Biography
F. Paolocci

Dr. Francesco Paolocci is a Senior Researcher at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (IBBR), Division of Perugia. Since his graduation in 1989, the vast majority of Francesco’s research activity has involved CNR. Dr. Paolocci’s interests and activities span from fungal genetics and genomics to plant genomics and biotechnology. His current main interests include the identification and functional characterization of structural and regulatory genes of secondary metabolites in legumes, with specific emphasis on forage legumes. He has published more than 60 papers in indexed international journals and books, and his research activity has been bestowed with national and international prizes.


National Research Council (CNR)
Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (IBBR)

Associate Editor:

Y. Rouphael (Biography
Y. Rouphael

Dr. Youssef Rouphael completed his PhD in Horticulture from Tuscia University (Italy). He then continued as a Post-Doc fellow at the same University for 5 years. Later he got appointed as the Assistant Professor at Lebanese University. He has been affiliated with University Federico II Naples since 2014, where he is currently working as an Associate Professor. Prof. Rouphael specializes in greenhouse crops with emphasis on improvement of fruit quality of vegetable crops through pre-harvest factors, plant nutrition, water and irrigation management, soilless production of vegetables and ornamentals, role of grafting, beneficial micro-organisms, plants biostimulants in horticultural plants and novel specialty crops such as microgreens and edible flowers.


Department of Agricultural Sciences
University of Naples Federico II

Editorial Board Members:

I. Altosaar (Biography
I. Altosaar

Dr. Illimar Altosaar is a Professor of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology at University of Ottawa. He has deployed gene technology in critical areas such as Protein farming, Starch granule proteomics, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Molecular Breeding, phytoremediation and greenhouse gas mitigation. Supplying useful gene cassettes to crop breeding programs throughout the world, his Bt sequences for cry 1Ab, cry1Ac, cry1C (40% G:C), and cry1C(70% G:C) have been deployed in over 35 various crop species in more than 75 countries. Dr. Altosaar visiting professorships include Estonian University of Life Sciences, Scripps Research Institute, UNSW, INA P-G, Nestle Plant Research Centre, Tartu University, and Plant Breeding Institute Cambridge (UK). He earned BSc-Cell biology from McGill University and PhD-Plant protein biochemistry from University of British Columbia.


Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

B. Basile (Biography
B. Basile

Dr. Boris Basile is an Associate Professor of Viticulture at the Department of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Naples Federico II (since when/time period). He received, at the same University, a Ph.D. in Fruit Tree Biology (from where?). His research activity focuses on the applied environmental physiology of grapevine and temperate fruit trees. The aim of his research is the definition of innovative vineyard or orchard management practices to improve yield quantitatively and qualitatively. The main studied species are grapevine, peach and kiwifruit.


Department of Agricultural Sciences
University of Naples Federico II

Y. Chen (Biography
Y. Chen

Dr. Yinglong Chen did his Ph. D in (Biological Science) at the Murdoch University, Australia. Currently he is working as a Professor at The University of Western Australia. He has published four scholarly books, 7 invited book chapters, 130 referred journal articles, and >50 conference presentations and submissions. He has published in a wide range of international journals – most are Q1 Journals in the field, example journals and also have published in include: New Phytologist, Plant Biotechnology Journal, Scientific Reports, Journal of Experimental Botany, Plant and Cell Physiology; Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers in Microbiology, PLoS ONE.


Institute of Agriculture
University of Western Australia

F. Cimino (Biography
F. Cimino

I graduated in Pharmacy at the University of Messina, Italy. I received Ph.D. degree in Toxicology in 2003 from University of Messina and undertook postdoctoral research at the same university in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Division, Dept. Farmaco-Biologico. During my time as a postdoc, I became interested in the role of the phytochemicals in cellular response and in preventing cardiovascular diseases. Most of my career has been spent unraveling the contributions of the cellular antioxidant responses. In 2006, I set up my own research laboratory at University of Messina, School of Pharmacy, with honorary appointments as Lecturer, then Reader in Pharmacology.


Department of Farmaco-Biologico
University of Messina

K. Dmytruk (Biography
K. Dmytruk

Dr. K. Dmytruk is the Deputy Director for Science of Institute of Cell Biology, NAS of Ukraine (Lviv, Ukraine), and the Head of Laboratory of Metabolic Engineering. He graduated from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. in (M.S. Genetics and Biotechnology) 1999, followed by Ph.D. (2006) and Dr. Sci. (Dr. Hab.) (2016). He also serves as a visiting scientist at Danish Technological University, Ruhr-University, Institute for Microbial and Biochemical Technology, Forest products laboratory (USDA), University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and Chalmers University of Technology. His research activities are focused on metabolic engineering of microorganisms, biotechnology, development of new tools for molecular biotechnology of yeast.


Department of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

V.V.S.R. Gupta (Biography
V.V.S.R. Gupta

He is a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Agriculture & Food at the Waite campus in Adelaide, South Australia. He has more than 25 years of experience in functional microbial ecology research in soil and water ecosystems in Australia, Canada and India. He has authored more than 90 refereed publications and co-edited books in the areas of genetic and functional diversity of soil microbial communities, soil-microbe-plant interactions, functional microbial ecology at micro- and macroscales and soil health. He was awarded the Prescott Medal in 2015 by the Soil Science Society of Australia. He is also a Faculty Member at the Department of Medical Biotechnology, Flinders University, Adelaide.


Principal Research Scientist - Soil Microbiology | Functional Microbial Ecology
CSIRO Agriculture

H. Yong (Biography
H. Yong

Yong He received BSc and MSc from Zhejiang Agricultural University,China, and Ph.D from Zhejiang University, China. He has been Professor, College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang University for more than 20 years and currently he is Distinguished Professor at Zhejiang University, China. In Period 1998-2001 he was a visiting professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, University of Illinois(UIUC). He has published more than 200 papers in reputed journals and serves as a member of the editorial board.


College of Agricultural Engineering
Zhejiang University

A.G. Ince (Biography
A.G. Ince

Ayse Gul Ince was the third rank graduate amongst all departments in the Faculty of Agriculture in Akdeniz University, Turkey in 1999. She completed her Ph.D in the Department of Horticulture from Akdeniz University in 2010. She became Associate Professor in 2012. She worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher for seven years in three different plant epigenetic projects supported by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) in Akdeniz University. She is working as Associate Professor at Organic Agriculture Program in Vocational School of Technical Sciences. Her main interest is plant molecular biology. She has developed DNA & RNA extraction methods, jojoba gender identification kit, pepper microsatellite markers and contributed to the development of several bioinformatic tools. She served as second advisor for many graduate students in horticulture and field crops departments. She has several scientific awards and many publications. She has an h-index of 13.


Vocational School of Technical Sciences
Akdeniz University

S. Martyniuk (Biography
S. Martyniuk

MS in Microbiology from Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Ph.D. and D. Sc. in Agronomy 1984 and 1993, respectively in the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation (IUNG) Pulawy, professor 1998. 1993-2013 Head of Soil Microbiology Dept. in IUNG. Visiting research fellow in Columbia-University, Missouri (1976-77) and NYSAES-Cornell University (1990-91), USA; since 1994 participates in the work of ISO/TC 190 - Soil quality/SC4 Biological methods; 1996-2014 national correspondent in OECD Co-operative Research Programme "Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems"; acting convenor of TC-190/Soil Biology in Polish Committee for Standardisation. In 1995 received USDA grant "Bridges from Science to Practice". S. Martyniuk is an experienced soil microbiologist.


Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation

J. Ovesna (Biography
J. Ovesna

Graduated at Charles University Prague (Biochemistry), PhD equvalent in Plant Production (Agriculture University), habilitated in the field of Genetics, Molecular Biology and Virology. Focused on tissue culture, molecular breeding, food safety and security. Memeber of panels, steering committees and working groups at EFSA, DG JRC Ipra, Seville, Codex Alimentarius National expert for GMOs. Head of the Division of genetics and Plant Breding at CRI.


Crop Research Institute
Division of Genetics and Plant Breeding
Czech Republic

G. Pitramellara (Biography
G. Pitramellara

Giacomo Pietramellara, graduated in Tropical Agriculture, is an unincorporated associate professor (SSD AGR / 13) at the faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences in the University of Florence. His teaching activity has always concerned the plant biochemistry that he taught in first degree courses (nursery science, environment and green management from 1999 to 2004) and second level (Master of Science in Forestry Systems Management since 2003). His scientific production includes about 40 articles published in international journals with impact factor on issues related to the SSD of belonging, in particular on plant soil interactions (rhizosphere), the degradation of plant residues and the recovery of contaminated soils.


Department of Agri-Food and Environmental Science
Universita degli Studi di Firenze

N. Russo (Biography
N. Russo

Nino Russo received his Degree in Chemistry at University of Rome in December 1971 and after he was a postdoc in University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and Universite' de Montreal (Canada). From 1981 to 1994 he has been associated professor of Theoretical Chemistry and since 1995 he is full professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technologies of University of Calabria . He was invited professor at Universite' de Provence, Universite' Pierre and Marie Curie and Universite' de Grenoble (France). His research activity is devoted to the development and application of theoretical methods with particular interest in the density functional ones. N.R. is author or co-author of more than 400 publication and co-editor of six books.


Dipartimento di Chimica e Tecnologie Chimiche
Universita della Calabria

L.S. Sarkadi (Biography
L.S. Sarkadi

She graduated as a Chemical Engineer at the Technical University of Budapest Hungary (BUTE) in 1980. She received a University Doctorate degree in Biochemistry from BUTE in 1986 and a Candidate of Science degree in Food Chemistry from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) in 1991. She was awarded a Dr habil. from BUTE [1999] and a DSc degree in Chemical Science from HAS [2010]. Currently she is full professor and Head of the Department of Food Chemistry and Nutrition in the Faculty of Food Science, Szent István University, Budapest, Hungary.


Department of Food Chemistry and Nutrition
Institute of Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition

J.S. Singh (Biography
J.S. Singh

Dr. Jay Shankar Singh has been working in the area of Microbial Ecology and Agro-Environmental Sustainability and his research work has been published in reputed journals.


Department of Environmental Microbiology
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University

R. Volkov (Biography
R. Volkov

Prof. Roman A. Volkov, Head of Department of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University (from 2005); M.S. (Biochemistry) from Chernivtsi State University (1983), Ph.D. (Chernivtsi, Ukraine, and Moscow, Russia, 1988), Dr. Sci. (Chernivtsi, Ukraine, 1996), Dr. Hab. (Tübingen, Germany, 2004). He was a visiting scientist at the University of Vienna (1993), Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Gatersleben (1995), University of Tübingen (1996-2005, including Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellowship) and invited professor at the University of Presov (2015). His research interests include molecular evolution and genomics (especially polyploidy, ribosomal RNA genes and nucleolar dominance), molecular markers, biodiversity and phylogeography as well as molecular biology and biochemistry of abiotic stress and adaptation. Author and co-author of about 300 research publications and 4 patent inventions.


Department of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University

J.J. Yang (Biography
J.J. Yang

Dr. Yang is Professor and Chair in the Department of Agriculture & Environmental Science and also serves as the Associate Director of Research at Lincoln University of Missouri. He received a PhD in Environmental & Soil Chemistry from University of Missouri. Dr. Yang has over 30-year experience in teaching and research and published more than 100 research articles. He is a frequent panelist for federal agencies and invited speaker at numerous conferences and universities.


Department of Agriculture & Environmental Science
Lincoln University of Missouri
Jefferson City, MO

L. Zhao (Biography
L. Zhao

Dr. Zhao is currently a Prof. at Guizhou University in China and Head of Department of Soil and Water Conservation (from 2017). M.S. (GIS) from Northwest A&F University (2011), Ph.D. (Soil and Water Conservation) from Northwest A&F University (from 2015), Visiting scholar of USDA-ARS- National Soil Erosion Research lab. & Purdue University (2012-2014). His research activity is aimed at soil erosion; surface process and society development; land degradation; soil surface roughness; tillage and soil water dynamic; GIS and RS. Author and co-author more than 50 research publications, 3 patent inventions and 2 textbooks. The Young Science & Technology Award of Chinese Society for Soil and Water Conservation (2016).


College of Forestry
Guizhou University

P. Banik (Biography
P. Banik

Pabitra Banik is a Professor at Agricultural and Ecological Research Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. He received a bachelor’s degree with Hons in agriculture from Kanpur University and a master’s degree in Agronomy from Calcutta University, Kolkata. He did his Ph.D. dissertation work on Rice based cropping system and received the doctorate degree from Calcutta University in 2006. He got the award of Junior Research Fellow and Senior research fellowship from the Indian Statistical Institute. He also awarded as Research Associateship from the same institute. He was attached to the International Rice Research Institute as visitor collaborator and consultant as well. He has more than 80 articles to his credit published in different International and National journals of repute. Four students have been awarded Ph.D. degree under his supervision. He is interested in sustainable agriculture, Waste management and cropping system research. He is utilizing remote sensing and GIS tools to study the sustainability criteria of rice based cropping systems and studying System of Rice Intensification at the field level, along with natural resource inventorying and technology interventions in West Bengal, and Jharkhand. He has conducted research on farmers' behaviour towards accepting or rejecting a new technology and carried out studies to understand agricultural development and poverty in rural villages. He is also in the process of developing information on agricultural and horticultural production and their marketing using RS/GIS in some districts of West Bengal.


Agricultural and Ecological Research Unit
Indian Statistical Institute

D.J. Schultz (Biography
D.J. Schultz

Dr. Schultz earned a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Genetics from the Pennsylvania State University, a masters (M.S.) in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Delaware and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in Horticulture from the Pennsylvania State University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Louisville where he is currently an associate professor, he worked as a post-doctoral associate in the lab of Dr. John Ohlrogge at Michigan State University. Dr. Schultz’ current research focus is the biochemistry of monoenoic fatty acids as potential biofuels and studying plant specialized metabolites with uses in agriculture, industrial or medical applications.


Department of Biology
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

P. Falloon (Biography
P. Falloon

Dr. Pete Falloon has done B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Science of the Earth and Atmosphere from the University of Reading, and worked on modelling pesticide fate in riverine systems during M.Sc. (Research) and has beena part-time lecturer at the University of Greenwich.Dr. Pete Falloonworks on the impacts of climate and land use change on hydrology, soils and agriculture at the Met Office Hadley Centre. Pete manages the Climate Impacts Modelling team, who work with developed integrated models for climate change impacts and its interactions with agriculture and water resources. He has written numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on soil carbon dynamics, land use change and the impacts of climate change.


Climate Impacts Modelling
Hadley Centre

M.B. Morales (Biography
M.B. Morales

Manuel B. Morales currently works in Autonomous University of Madridat the Department of Ecology. His research is focused on animal habitat selection and ecological niche partitioning and their implication for species conservation. These researches are carried out mainly on steppe and farmland birds. He is also interested in other model organisms like small mammals. Moreover, the (increasingly) relevant part of his research has to do with the impact of agricultural management on the structure and functioning of farmland biological communities.His contribution of 111 researches has been cited in around 1868 documents.


Departamento de Ecología
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

V.H.D. Zuazo (Biography
V.H.D. Zuazo

Víctor Hugo Durán Zuazo works at Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IFAPA) in Sevilla, Spain, Agriculture and Environment as a staff researcher. He has also worked as staff researcher at Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IFAPA) on Organic Production and Natural Resources in Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain. He has published 146 research papers which have been cited in 1326 documents. His major projects include Agro-environmental evaluation of conventional production systems, integrated,organic and conservation in mountain olive grove:Impact on erosion,soil quality and the commercial value of olive oil and Impact of deficit irrigation on the productivity of subtropical fruit crops: tools for the sustainable management of water stress.


IFAPA Centro Las Torres-Tomejil
CAPDR-Junta de Andalucía

K.G. Arvanitis (Biography
K.G. Arvanitis

Dr. Konstantinos G. Arvanitis received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the National Technical University of Athens, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in 1986 and 1994, respectively. He currently serves as a Professor (Full) in Agricultural University of Athens, Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering, Laboratory of Farm Machinery, where he teaches various courses on Electrical Technology and Electric Machines etc. He is also a member of the European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng) and of the European Federation of National Association of Engineers (FEANI). He published over 275 technical papers in international/national books (17/1), refereed scientific journals (92) and international/national conferences (145/24). His main research interests are: Electrification and Automation in Agriculture, Advanced Process Control, Computer-Based Control and Industrial Automation. Wireless Sensor Networks, ICT and Artificial Intelligence Applications in Agriculture, Computational Intelligence and Optimization Techniques, Precision Farming, Internet of Things and Cloud Computing, E-learning and Web-Based learning in Agriculture.


Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering
Agricultural University of Athens

A. Ceriotti (Biography
A. Ceriotti

Aldo Ceriotti studied Agricultural Sciences in Milan and then studied the role of protein folding in intracellular transport and the mechanisms controlling protein retention in the endoplasmic reticulum at University of Warwick (UK) and later at the NRC, Milan, before moving to CSIRO Division of Plant Industry (Canberra, Australia) where he worked on the expression of sulfur-rich proteins for nutritional quality improvement of seeds and forage plants. After moving back he continued studying protein folding, transport and degradation in the plant secretory pathway, focusing on seed storage proteins and ribosome-inactivating proteins. He is author over 60 papers, several book chapters and one patent.


Institute of Agricultural Biology and Biotechnology

M.-G. Choung (Biography
M.-G. Choung

Dr. Myoung-Gun Choung obtained BS, MS and Ph. D degrees from the Yeungnam University in Korea. All degrees were in Agronomy with emphasis on plant breeding and chemical analysis. He worked an agricultural researcher of Rural Development Administration(RDA) in Korea from 1997 to 2003. Dr. Choung is currently a Professor at Kangwon National University in Korea and chief of the Department of Herbal Medicine Resources. He is a researcher who is making the utmost efforts at the forefront of research on growing, developing, supplying, and enhancing availability of new breeds of plants. Research interests include plant breeding and metabolomic analysis of nutritional and functional compounds for plants.


Department of Herbal Medicine Resource
Kangwon National University
South Korea

K. Das (Biography
K. Das

Dr. Kuntal Das (M. Pharm, PhD, FIC), Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy, Bangalore, is a dynamic, hard-working, enthusiastic professional and responsible person in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences especially in Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. He is having total 14 years of Teaching & Research Experience. He is specialized in the area of cultivation and Standardization of Medicinal plants, Tissue culture of endangered plants, Pharmacological activities, Formulation and clinical investigation of plant products. He has more than 70 research papers in various peer reviewed national and international journals and contributed 6 book chapters and 6 text books in his expertise area.


Department of Pharmacognosy and Natural Product Chemistry
Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy

G. Fedak (Biography
G. Fedak

George Fedak is a Principal Research Scientist at the Ottawa Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agrifood Canada. He obtained a BSA and MSc. Degrees from the University of Manitoba and a PhD from the University of Manitoba in Canada. His research work is focused on screening cytogenetic stocks and alien species for resistance to Fusarium head blight, stem rust and stripe rust. Research findings to date have been published in over 200 research papers, and 13 book chapters. He has presented his research work in more than 30 international research conferences. He has served as external examiner on 8 Ph. D. thesis. He is an adjunct professor at three universities.


Ottawa Research and Development Centre
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, ON

M.A. Iqbal (Biography
M.A. Iqbal

Dr. M.A. Iqbal is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Poonch Rawalakot, Pakistan. His research interests include forage production and preservation, Agronomy of field crops and plant nutrition management. He has earned his Doctorate from a prestigious public sector university of Pakistan (University of Agriculture Faisalabad). Dr. Iqbal has served as a Research Fellow and trainee at University of California, Davis, USA and Shandong Academy of Agriculture Machinery Sciences, China. He has over 60 research and review articles published in various prestigious peer-reviewed international journals to his credit.


Department of Agronomy
University of Poonch Rawalakot (AJK)

J.-L. Hilbert (Biography
J.-L. Hilbert

He received a Ph.D. degree in plant and forest sciences from the University of Nancy, France. In 1990, he joined the University of Lille Nord de France in Villeneuve dˈAscq and became Professor. He was the Head of a Research Unit associated with the French National Agronomic Research Institute (INRA). He was involved in both academic and applied projects. He is working on plant specialized metabolism and leading projects about hydroxycinnamic acids and lactone sesquiterpenes in chicory. He is now incharge of the team “Plant Quality and Adaptation to Stress” in the Regional Laboratory of Agrofood and Biotechnology, Institute Charles Viollette. He has published more than 60 scientific publications.


Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille
Agro-food and Biotechnology Laboratory
Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex

M. Diacono (Biography
M. Diacono

Dr. Diacono Manangia is a permanent Researcher at CREA, Agriculture and Environment Research center. Dr. Diacono obtained degree in Agriculture Science with highest grade and further has been awarded a degree of PhD in “Mediterranean Agronomy”, University of Bari. Dr. Diacono’s expertise are in organic agriculture in mid/long-term field trials and assessing the effects of farming practices on soil fertility, nitrogen balances and crop yields. Dr. Diacono has been involved in Organic and agro-ecological techniques and conversation farming to allow sustainable soil management and resource use in cropping systems, leading to soil fertility improvement, C sequestration and greenhouse gases mitigation. Dr. Diacono’s research activities are being focused on the sustainable recycling of wastes from the agriculture and agro-industry via innovative techniques and organic matter improvement in the soil by using different fertilizers and amendments.


Council for Agricultural Research and Economics
Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CREA-AA)

G.D. Mastro (Biography
G.D. Mastro

Prof. Giuseppe De Mastro is currently the Chair Professor of Field Crops and of Medicinal and aromatic plants agro technologies in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science – University of Bari “A. Moro”. Prof. Giuseppe De Mastro has more than 20 years of experience in research and teaching. Author of more than 150 scientific papers. The research interests concern the sustainability of agro-industrial and environmental systems analysis, the agronomic suitability for the sustainable allocation of field crops, the Development of innovative crops for the production of bioactive compounds. He has been declared an expert evaluator by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research projects.


Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science
University of Bari

J.L.S. Pereira (Biography
J.L.S. Pereira

José L. S. Pereira, is a Professor of Agricultural Science in the Agrarian School at Polytechnic Institute of Viseu and a Researcher in the Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environment and Biological Sciences at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal. He received his Habilitation and Ph.D. in Agricultural Science from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal. For the past 20 years, his research program investigates the mechanisms and mitigation techniques for reducing ammonia, nitric oxide, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and methane emissions from agriculture.


Polytechnic Institute of Viseu
Agrarian School of Viseu

A. Raal (Biography
A. Raal

Dr Raal has graduated as a pharmacist at the University of Tartu (Estonia), and has completed his PhD at the Institute of Chemistry and Pharmacy of Leningrad (Soviet Union). He is the Head of the Institute of Pharmacy, University of Tartu,and the full-time Professor of Pharmacognosy. He has published 80 scientific papers in international scientific journals indexed by the Web of Science, Scopus and other databases, more than 130 conference abstracts, as well as 22 textbooks, monographs, handbooks and popular-scientific books such as ‘Pharmacognosy’ and ‘Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants of the World’ (in Estonian).


Institute of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine
University of Tartu

A.Z.M. Salem (Biography
A.Z.M. Salem

Prof. Dr. A.Z.M. Salem, Professor – Researcher (Full time) at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, in Mexico. Dr. Salem got his PhD from the Faculty of Veterinary, Leon University, Spain. Specialist in Animal Nutrition and working on using the natural and synthetic feed additives to improve the nutritive values of animal feeds. He has a lot of published papers in peer reviewed indexed journals with impact factor. He attended and participated in many national and international meetings.


Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Autonomous University of the State of Mexico

E. Sikorska (Biography
E. Sikorska

Dr. Sikorska received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland. She obtained D.Sc. in Economics in the field of Commodity Science, from Poznań University of Economics and Business, Poland, where she is currently an Associate Professor teaching methods of instrumental analysis. She is a member of European Photochemical Society and a member of International Society of Commodity Science and Technology. Dr. Sikorska authored more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, one book and several book chapters. Her research interests focus on the application of spectroscopic techniques and chemometrics in studies of food and agricultural product.


Faculty of Commodity Science
The Poznań University of Economics

M. Turan (Biography
M. Turan

Metin Turan is currently a Professor in Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey. He received his Ph.D. degree in the field of Soil Science in 2002 from Atatürk University, Turkey. His main field of specialization are Fertilizer and Fertilization, Plant Nutrition & Plant Biochemistry. He has published more than 100 publications in both National and International journals.


Department of Genetics and Bioengineering
Yeditepe University

W. Weisany (Biography
W. Weisany

Dr. Weria Weisany obtained an M.S. in Agriculture Science from Agronomy University of Kurdistan,Erbil, Iraq, and a Ph.D. degree in Agronomy from Agroecology University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran. His skills and expertise mainly lie in Subsidiary agriculture, Crop ecology, Crop Physiology, Organic farming, plants ecology, Seed technology and Nanotechnology in Agriculture. Dr. Weisanyearned first rank among all students and graduates of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kurdistan University, in 2014.


Department of Agriculture
Islamic Azad University Tehran Science and Research Branch

A. Yemets (Biography
A. Yemets

Head of Department of Cell Biology and Biotechnology at the Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics (Kiev, Ukraine). Graduated from Kiev State University (M.S., Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering), Ph.D. (Cell Biology), Dr. Sci. (Dr. Hab., Cell Biology), Professor (Biotechnology), Associated Member of the Natl. Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Plant Biotechnology). Visiting scientist at University of Freiburg; John Innes Center, Norwich; Antwerpen University; invited scientist at F. Schiller University, Jena; Syngenta International Research Centre, Jealott’s Hill. Focused on cell biology, plant cytoskeleton, plant genomics, biotechnology, creation of plants with novel traits.


Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

D. Žnidarčič (Biography
D. Žnidarčič

Dr. sc. Dragan Žnidarčič collaborated on 14 national research projects. So far, as the author/coauthor he published 61 scientific papers cited in the WoS database, 48 scientific papers cited in other databases (CAB), and 27 scientific papers and 31 abstracts in conference proceedings.


Department of Agronomy
University of Ljubljana

G. Colla (Biography
G. Colla

Associate Professor in Horticulture at the Department DAFNE, University of Tuscia, Viterbo (Italy). Teaching activity at the University of Tuscia on vegetable crop production, and greenhouse production systems. Main research areas: plant nutrition, biostimulants, vegetable grafting, and crop tolerance to abiotic stresses. Member of the Italian Society of Horticulture; Member of the International Society of Horticultural Science. Coordinator and principal investigator of many research projects on Horticulture funded by EU, Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Italian Ministry of Education, Ateneo Italo-Tedesco, Private Companies, etc. Author or co-author of more than 150 publications on national and international journals.


Department DAFNE
University of Tuscia

X. Chen (Biography
X. Chen

Prof. Xiongwen Chen is a professor at Agricultural Research Center in Alabama A&M University. He isteaching Landscape Ecology, Ecological Processes, Forest Fire Ecology and Management,and Aerial Photogrammetry. Dr. Chen is interested in using field information (including field experiment and survey), ecological analysis and modeling, remote sensing and GIS for basic ecological and forestry research, especially for ecological systems (e.g., forest landscapes and ecosystems) dynamics, biodiversity conservation and integrated environmental management for sustainable development under complicated settings (e.g., global climatic change and human activities).


Department of Landscape Ecology
Alabama A & M University
Huntsville, AL

M.E. Ibanez (Biography
M.E. Ibanez

Prof. Dr. Elena Ibañez is a Full Research Professor at the Institute of Food Science Research (CIAL) belonging to the CSIC in Madrid, Spain. She received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the UAM, Spain and carried out her postdoctoral training at Brigham Young University, USA and at the University of California at Davis, USA. Elena's main activity includes the study and development of new green extraction processes based on the use of compressed fluids to isolate bioactive compounds from natural sources such as food and agricultural by-products, plants and algae. She has received different national and international awards, co-authored more than 195 publications, 23 book chapters and 10 patents.


Institute of Industrial Fermentations

K. Polewski (Biography
K. Polewski

Krzysztof Polewski currently works at the Department of Physics & Biophysics in Poznań University of Life Sciences as a head of Physics and Biophysics Department. Krzysztof’s research areas are Biophysics, Molecular Physics and Experimental Physics. His major skills and expertise include Thin Films and Nanotechnology, Biochemistry, Fluorescence,Experimental Physics, Spectroscopy. He has contributed 50 publications and the most recent publication is 'Mechanism study of selected phenolic compounds determination using β-cyclodextrin-coated CdSe/ZnS quantum dots'.


Department at Poznan Life Sciences University
Poznan Life Sciences University

S. Maiti (Biography
S. Maiti

Dr. Satyabrata Maiti’s qualifications include a B.Sc. degree (RBS College, Agra University, India), anM.Sc. (Kalyani University, West Bengal, India) and a Ph.D. (Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya,Haringhata, India). He has been in the Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research (DMAPR), Anand, India (2009 to date);and Director, National Research Center for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (NRCMAP), India. Dr. Maiti’s main research areas includethe following: Plant Pathology(Soil Borne Plant Pathogen); Integrated Pest Management; Oilseeds; Betelvine; Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP); Biotechnology of MAP; Integrated Crop Management; and, Good Agricultural Practices.


Quality Council of India
New Delhi

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A. Alok (Biography
A. Alok

Anshu Alok is an active researcher in the field of plant molecular biology and genetic engineering since 2011. He has been awarded with fellowships like CSIR-SRF & RA. He has experience of working on genome editing in wheat suspension cells, potato, and banana. Currently, he is working on targeted editing of meiosis-specific genes to develop variety-specific true potato seeds funded by ICAR. He has authored more than 25 publications including various research articles and book chapters.


Department of Biotechnology
Panjab University

V. Farina (Biography
V. Farina

Vittorio Farina is an Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences of the Università degli Studi di Palermo. PhD on ‘Crop systems and regulatory mechanisms of fruit quality’, his research activities primarily cover: tropical and subtropical horticulture; technology for assessment of chemical-physical, sensory and nutritional fruit attributes; process implications on quality of fresh and fresh-cut fruits. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers and technical reports. The teaching activities are related to ‘Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture’, ‘Urban Arboriculture’ and ‘Fruit and plant-based foods’.


Department of Agricultural
Food and Forestry Sciences
University of Palermo

S. Mocali (Biography
S. Mocali

Researcher at the CREA research Centre of Florence (Italy), PhD in “Soil Science and Climatology” and national qualification as Professor in Agronomic Microbiology (AGR/16). He is a soil microbiologist with a broad experience in soil chemistry and biogeochemistry and has improved his knowledge in molecular methods taking advantage of some international fellowships (COST, OECD) held at the Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Braunschweig (Germany) and at the Nederland Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen (The Netherlands). He has also expertise as reviewer of important scientific journals in microbiology, he was involved in several national and EU projects and is author or co-author of over 30 scientific publications in English (ISI journals).


Council for Agricultural Research and Economics
Research Centre of Florence

L.D. Singla (Biography
L.D. Singla

Dr. Lachhman Das Singla is presently serving as a Professor-cum-Head at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. During his academic period of more than 25 years, was involved in research, education and extension activities on tropical parasitic. His major research interests include epidemiology, pharmacokinetics, chemotherapeutics, diagnostics, immunomodulatory and immunoprophylactic approaches for the management of trypanosomosis, equine piroplasmosis, cryptosporidiosis and parasitic zoonoses. He has published more than 150 papers in journals of national and international repute.


Department of Veterinary Parasitology
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

D.N. Das (Biography
D.N. Das

D.N. Das is a Professor of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) since 2011. With strong expertise in Fish & fisheries sciences, Aquaculture, Aquatic ecology & integrated farming. Prof. D.N. Das has penned Research articles: 105 [Journal articles: (National: 70 & International: 35), Popular articles: 21; Bulletin: 03 and Book published: 05.


Department of Zoology
Rajiv Gandhi Central University
Arunachal Pradesh

Y. Kaya (Biography
Y. Kaya

Prof Dr Yalcin KAYA is a professor from Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey. He has longer carrier and experience on plant breeding and genetics and developed many sunflower hybrids and lines. He has worked in Trakya Agricultural Research Institute, Turkey as National Sunflower Coordinator and as Project leader for over 20 years and institute deputy director. He had M Sc in Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln, US, and Post Doc on sunflower breeding in USDA Sunflower Lab at Fargo, ND, US. Now he is Plant Breeding Research Center director and Genetic Engineering Dept. Head in Trakya University. He is currently FAO Sunflower Research Coordinator. He is also former President of Turkish Plant Breeders Union and International Sunflower Association. He published more than 200 articles including book chapters, papers and communications.


Genetic Engineering Department
Trakya University

J. Ruchała (Biography
J. Ruchała

Justyna Ruchała born in Poland in 1987. She obtained Ms Degree (Biology) from the University of Rzeszow in 2011. In 2015 she defended her doctoral thesis in Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology, University of Rzeszow, the title of thesis: “Engineering of Hansenula polymorpha strains with improved characteristics of xylose alcoholic fermentation”. From 2015 Dr. J. Ruchala is working in University of Rzeszow, Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology, as an assistant, then since 2016 as an adjunct lecturer. In 2018 she became head of Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Rzeszow. The field of her research is molecular genetics and biotechnology of non-conventional yeasts especially concerning the production of fuel ethanol from lignocellulose.


Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology
University of Rzeszow

V. Sileoni (Biography
V. Sileoni

Dr. Valeria Sileoni obtained her Ph.D. degree (in 2010, with scholarship) in Food Science and Biotechnology from University of Bologna (in consortium with University of Perugia), Italy. Dr. Sileoni is currently Head of Research at the Italian Brewing Research Centre (CERB), University of Perugia. Additionally, she is a temporary associate professor, in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, at University of Perugia. Her skills and expertise mainly lie in the subject areas/fields of Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, High-Performance Liquid Chromatography, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Food Analysis, etc. Dr. Sileoni, as an author/co-author, has published more than 25 articles in various journals of international repute.


Department of Agricultural Food and Environmental Sciences
University of Perugia

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