The Open Agriculture Journal




ISSN: 1874-3315 ― Volume 12, 2018

Editor-in-Chief:

Yaroslav B. Blume (Biography
Yaroslav B. Blume

Prof. Yaroslav Blume, Director of Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics (from 2008), Head of Department of Genomics and Molecular Biotechnology. M.S. (Biochemistry) from Kyiv State University (1978), Ph.D. (1982), Dr. Sci. (Dr. Hab.) (1988). Full Member of the Natl. Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2006). His scientific career started in Kyiv University, continuing in Natl. Academy of Sci., long time in Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering (1989-2008). He was a visiting scientist at University of Freiburg (1997), Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa (1998), John Innes Center, Norwich (1998-2003), Antwerpen University (2005-2006), 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. Author and co-author more than 250 research publications, 11 patent inventions and 9 plant varieties. The State Prize of Ukraine (2011), the Prize of Natl. Academy of Sci. in Genetics (2002).

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



Associate Editor:

Y. Rouphael (Biography
Y. Rouphael

Youssef Rouphael is currently working at the Department of Agriculture in the University of Naples Federico II. The areas of his research are Agricultural Plant Science, Horticulture, Irrigation and Water Management. His current project is vegetable grafting to improve yield and fruit quality under Biotic and Abiotic stress conditions. His major skills and expertise include water quality, agriculture, plant physiology, soil, plant nutrition, water conservation , regression analysis, organic farming, organic agriculture, irrigation, evapotranspiration, bio fertilizers, horticulture, predictive modeling, vegetable production, fruit quality, crop, salinity.He has contributed 232 researches and projects.

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Department of Agricultural Sciences
University of Naples Federico II
Portici
Italy


Editorial Board Members:

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.

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Department of Agricultural Sciences
University of Naples Federico II
Naples
Italy

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.

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Institute of Agricultural Biology and Biotechnology
Milan
Italy

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.

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Department of Farmaco-Biologico
University of Messina
Messina
Italy

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. Presentations have been made in over 30 international research conferences. He has served as external examiner on 8 Ph. D. thesis. He is and adjunct professor at three universities.

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

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 serving as a member of the editorial board.

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College of Agricultural Engineering
Zhejiang University
Hangzhou
China

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.

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Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation
Pulawy
Poland

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.

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Crop Research Institute
Division of Genetics and Plant Breeding
Prague
Czech Republic

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.

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Dipartimento di Chimica e Tecnologie Chimiche
Universita della Calabria
Rende
Italy

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.

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Faculty of Commodity Science
The Poznań University of Economics
Poznań
Poland

M. Tejada (Biography
M. Tejada

Dr. Tejada obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Biology from the University of Córdoba (Spain). Also holds a Master in Fertilizers and Environment from the University of Madrid (Spain). Currently Dr. Tejada is also an Associate professor in the Seville University College of Agricultural Engineering. He has published more than 170 scientific publications and is a named inventor of 2 issued Spain patents.

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Department of Crystallography, Mineralogy and Agricultural Chemistry
University of Seville
Seville
Spain

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.

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

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.

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Department DAFNE
University of Tuscia
Viterbo
Italy

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).

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

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.

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Institute of Industrial Fermentations
Madrid
Spain

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.

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Departamento de Ecología
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Madrid
Spain

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'.

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Department at Poznan Life Sciences University
Poznan Life Sciences University
Poznan
Poland

S.K. Jain
Department of Pharmacognosy
RGPV Technical University
Madhya Pradesh
India

A. Sayok (Biography
A. Sayok

Dr. Alexender K. Sayok obtained his Master’s degree (1986) in Watershed Management from Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU), Nacogdoches, Texas, USA, and Doctor of Forestry in Hydrology and Soil Science (1991) from the same university.Dr. Sayokis currently serving as Associate Professor in the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation atUniversiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kota Samarahan, Malaysia. His focal Area of Interest lies in Management, Technical and Research with over 50 publications in same fields.

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Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Kota Samarahan
Malaysia

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 Agroecolo 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.

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Department of Agriculture
Islamic Azad University Tehran Science and Research Branch
Tehran
Iran

G. Benelli (Biography
G. Benelli

Dr. Giovanni Benelli got an International Ph.D. in Agrarian and Veterinary Sciences at University of Pisa and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. He has worked in several international institutions. Dr. Benelli serves as a research entomologist and lecturer at University of Pisa. He has been appointed as affiliated researcher at The BioRobotics Institute, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. His research focuses on general and applied entomology, ecotoxicology and biological control, with a major focus on the eco-friendly control of arthropod vectors of medical and veterinary importance. Giovanni serves as academic editor and editorial board member for many international journals. He has published more than 300 papers in international journals with impact factor.

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Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment
University of Pisa
Pisa
Italy

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.

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Department of Herbal Medicine Resource
Kangwon National University
Kangwon
S. 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.

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Department of Pharmacognosy and Natural Product Chemistry
Krupanidhi College of Pharmacy
Bangalore
India

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.

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

Jean-Louis Hilbert (Biography
Jean-Louis 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 at 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 in charge 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.

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

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 is expert evaluator by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research projects.

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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science
University of Bari
Bari
Italy

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).

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Department of Pharmacy
University of Tartu
Tartu
Estonia

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.

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

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.

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Department of Environmental Microbiology
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University
Lucknow
India

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.

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

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.

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Department of Agronomy
University of Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Slovenia

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.

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Department of Biology
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY
USA

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.

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Climate Impacts Modelling
Hadley Centre
Devon
UK

I.G. Lorenzini (Biography
I.G. Lorenzini

Giulio Lorenzini earned M.Sc. degree in Nuclear Engineering at Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna (Italy) with a “cum laude” evaluation (Thesis related to the teaching: “Fisica Tecnica”, i.e., “Thermodynamics, Fluid dynamics and Heat Transfer”) and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering in 1999. He has done Research in “Fisica Tecnica Industriale” (“Thermodynamics, Fluid dynamics and Heat Transfer”) at Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna. He is currently working at the Department of Engineering and Architecture in University of Parma. Giulio’s research areas are Computational Physics, Thermodynamics and Fluid Dynamics. He has contributed more than 300 scientific publications.

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Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering
University of Bologna
Bologna
Italy

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.

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

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.

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IFAPA Centro Las Torres-Tomejil
CAPDR-Junta de Andalucía
Sevilla
Spain

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.

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Quality Council of India
New Delhi
India

P. Wang (Biography
P. Wang

Dr. Ping Wang, Ph.D.,currently works at the Center for Pharmaceutical Crops, Stephen F. Austin State UniversityNacogdoches, Texas, USA,as a Researcher Scientist. Hisskills and expertise mainly involve Flavonoids and Phenolic Compounds. Dr. Wang, as an author/co-author, has published over 28 research items with more than 325 citations.

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National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX
USA


Associate Editorial Board Members:

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’.

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Department of Agricultural
Food and Forestry Sciences
University of Palermo
Palermo
Italy

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).

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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics
Research Centre of Florence
Florence
Italy












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Fidel Toldrá
(Instituto de Agroquimica y Tecnologia de Alimentos, Spain)

"Open access journals have become a fundamental tool for students, researchers, patients and the general public. Many people from institutions which do not have library or cannot afford to subscribe scientific journals benefit of them on a daily basis. The articles are among the best and cover most scientific areas."


M. Bendandi
(University Clinic of Navarre, Spain)

"These journals provide researchers with a platform for rapid, open access scientific communication. The articles are of high quality and broad scope."


Peter Chiba
(University of Vienna, Austria)

"Open access journals are probably one of the most important contributions to promote and diffuse science worldwide."


Jaime Sampaio
(University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal)

"Open access journals make up a new and rather revolutionary way to scientific publication. This option opens several quite interesting possibilities to disseminate openly and freely new knowledge and even to facilitate interpersonal communication among scientists."


Eduardo A. Castro
(INIFTA, Argentina)

"Open access journals are freely available online throughout the world, for you to read, download, copy, distribute, and use. The articles published in the open access journals are high quality and cover a wide range of fields."


Kenji Hashimoto
(Chiba University, Japan)

"Open Access journals offer an innovative and efficient way of publication for academics and professionals in a wide range of disciplines. The papers published are of high quality after rigorous peer review and they are Indexed in: major international databases. I read Open Access journals to keep abreast of the recent development in my field of study."


Daniel Shek
(Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

"It is a modern trend for publishers to establish open access journals. Researchers, faculty members, and students will be greatly benefited by the new journals of Bentham Science Publishers Ltd. in this category."


Jih Ru Hwu
(National Central University, Taiwan)


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