The Open Agriculture Journal

ISSN: 1874-3315 ― Volume 14, 2020

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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)

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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

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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

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

Dr. 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. 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)

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

Dr. 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

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

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

P. Banik (Biography
P. Banik

Dr. 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 was also awarded a 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. degrees 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

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

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

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

Dr. Hilbert 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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