About Editors

Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany

ISSN: 0031-9457 (Print)

ISSN: 1851-5657 (Online)


 Founding and Honorary Editor-in-Chief:

Miguel M. Raggio and his wife, Nora Elba Moro de Raggio, founded Phyton International Journal of Experimental Botany in 1951. Miguel Raggio was born in Rosario, Province of Santa Fe (Argentina) in 1926, the only son of Rómulo Raggio and Genoveva S. Amarilla. He graduated as Agronomy Engineer at the Universidad de la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thereafter, he obtained his PhD in Botany at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A. During 1957 and 1958, Miguel conducted scientific research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A. On August 30, 1961 back in Argentina, Miguel and his wife created the Rómulo Raggio Foundation with a sole scientific approach. They incorporated Phyton International Journal of Experimental Botany into the Foundation. Between 1962 and 1965, he was invited by the University of Harvard to conduct scientific research in the U.S.A. Back in Argentina from the U.S.A., where he obtained the Bachelor of Fine Arts at the California College of Arts & Crafts, Miguel devoted himself to the Rómulo Raggio Foundation, changing its approach towards the arts, and creating the Museum of Art in 1983 (www.fund-romuloraggio.org.ar). Miguel Raggio was Editor-in-Chief of Phyton until 2005, when he appointed Dr. Carlos A. Busso as his successor in the Journal. Miguel Raggio passed away in Buenos Aires on April 15, 2007. 


 Editors-in-Chief 

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Carlos Alberto Busso is a Professor of Ecology and Autoecology of Rangeland Plants in the Departamento de Agronomía, Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS), Argentina. He is also a Principal Researcher of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina (CONICET), at the Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida (CERZOS). He received his Agronomy Engineer and M.Sc. degrees at UNS in 1978 and 1983, respectively, and his PhD in Range Ecology degree in 1988 at Utah State University, Utah, U.S.A. He started his work at UNS as a teaching assistant in Ecology, and continued working in this discipline with no interruption to date. He conducted postdoctoral studies during 1995-1996 at Texas A&M University, Texas, U.S.A. He was a Faculty member (Research Assistant Professor) at the Department of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Nevada, U.S.A. in 2003 and 2004. In 2010, he was invited as a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Guangzhou, China. As a result of obtaining a couple of Associateships in 2012 and 2015 from the Thirld World Academy of Sciences (TWAS-UNESCO), C.A. Busso visited the Institute of Applied Ecology, CAS, Shenyang, China during 2 to 3 month each of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany since 2005. He has published 148 articles including thesis, scientific and technological publications in journals, teaching publications and scientific divulgation. He has published more than 230 communications to Scientific Meetings over a wide spectrum of subjects in ecology. He works on the response mechanisms of plants to disturbances (fire, drought, herbivory and their interactions) and also in rangeland ecology and management.


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Xiangyang Hu is a Professor of plant physiology and biochemistry at the Department of Life Sciences, Shanghai University, in China. His research has focused on plant reaction to abiotic stress, specifically the impact on molecular mechanisms, germination, and flowering time at the epigenetic level. Recognized as an “outstanding talent” by the Hundred Talents Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dr. Hu was the Principal Investigator at the Kunming Institute of Botany from 2009 until 2015. Dr. Hu received his Bachelor of Science degree at Anhui University in 1997 and his Ph.D. at the Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology in 2003. He conducted his postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, the University of California, Riverside, and the John Innes Centre in the United Kingdom. His long-term goal is to identify which genes and mechanisms can lead to the development of sustainable agriculture and ecology.


 Associate Editors 

Pablo H. Pizzuolo

Pablo Pizzuolo’s research involves different aspects related to diseases caused by fungi in vegetables grown in temperate zones. Among the latter are morphology and fungal etiology, fungus bioecological cycles. He also studies various aspects related to diseases management taking into account traditional methods, biological control and others like the ones that use alternative substances with low environment impact. Pablo is agronomical engineer and obtained his degree at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentine). He received his PhD in Plant Pathology at the Universita degli Studi della Tuscia (Italy). He is currently Chair Professor of Plant Diseases at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentine).


Diego Bentivegna

Education: Agronomist, Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS) 1993; Master in Agrarian Science, UNS 2001; Master of Science, University of Missouri, USA, 2006; Philosopy Doctor PhD, University of Missouri USA, 2008 (GPA:3.912/4). Research and Teaching Assistance at the University of Missouri- Columbia, MO. Adjunt research CONICET. Expertise: Integrated Weed Management (aquatic and terrestrial), Weed Science, Invasive weed and Herbicide Management.


Jianqiang Qian

My research topics are plant reproductive strategies, clonal traits, plant population regeneration and vegetation restoration on temperate grassland of northern China. Specially, I mainly focus on the role of below-ground propagule pool (i.e., soil seed bank and bud bank) in plant population recruitment and regeneration, and their responses to climate changes and disturbances. I studied the responses of below-ground bud bank to grazing and climate changes and its regenerative contribution to above-ground vegetation on the temperate steppe as well as the spatial-temporal pattern of soil seed bank in sand dune ecosystem in Inner Mongolia, China. I am currently working on the population colonization processes and their regulatory mechanisms of three clonal species (inhabiting different stages of vegetation restoration succession, i.e., active-, semi-stabilized-, and stabilized sand dunes) in arid sand dune ecosystem in northwestern Inner Mongolia, China.


Raúl S. Lavado

Raúl S. Lavado graduated in the College of Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina (1968). He had training/postdoctoral experiences in Spain (1971), Canada (1979) and USA (1980). He is the Distinguished Professor, College of Agronomy, UBA, Argentina.


Chan Zhou

Chan Zhou’s research mainly focuses on plant population ecology, plant physiological ecology and plant adaptation mechanism. Her interested research includes: 1) intra- and inter- specific responses of Leymus chinensis to environmental changes in grassland ecosystem; 2) the effect of global change on productivity, carbon storage, and nitrogen cycle in grassland ecosystem; 3) the effects of different environment on life history of dominant species in grassland ecosystem. She got ecology PhD from Northeast Normal University in 2004, and visited South Florida University, USA as a visiting scholar in 2016. Now, she works as a professor in Liaoning University, China.


Xiao-Tao Lü

Xiao-Tao Lü is a professor from Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD in Ecology from Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010. He is broadly interested in the causes and consequences of species diversity in plant communities. His current research focuses on how nutrient enrichment and ecosystem management strategies affects the diversity, composition, and productivity of temperate steppe. He and his colleagues have established many long-term experiments to test hypotheses about how nutrient inputs affect temperate steppe.


M. J. Liliana Privitello

Faculty member (Effective Titular Professor) of the subjects Forages and Methodology of the Applied Biological Research of the Department of Agricultural Sciences of the National University of San Luis (UNSL) of Argentina, with 40 years of antiquity. I have postgraduate training related to both curricular spaces. Categorized by the Research Incentive Program (Category I). My experience in science and technology is oriented to applied research, referring to the valorization (qualitative and quantitative) of megatérmicas forage species and their use as forage reserves, utilization and management of forage resources of the semi-arid environment (native and cultivated).


Yunna Wu 
Yunna Wu conducted her research mainly in the grassland of Inner Mongolia and her research field involves grassland degradation and restoration, plant functional traits, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Wuyunna received her PhD in Ecology at Inner Mongolia University in July 1997 and she worked as an assistant Professor in this university from 1996 to 2006. Wuyunna worked in University of Tsukuba (in Japan) as a visiting scholar from April 1998 to April 1999 and was a postdoctoral scholar in Japan national institute of agro-environmental technology from April 2002 to April 2004 (supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, JSPS). From April 2005 to April 2006, she worked in University of Tsukuba as a Guest researcher (supported by JSPS). She returned to China in June 2006 and worked in Dalian Minzu University as a Professor.


Cristina R. Salgado

Cristina Salgado’s research involves knowing the floral origin of bees’ honeys, through the study of pollen in honey. She works in Melissopalynology in addition to physicochemical and sensory studies, to characterize honeys especially those of native origin with the purpose of generating added value. Cristina started as an Assistant Professor in Plant Morphology and Palynology at Northeast National University in June 2000. She received her PhD in Natural Resources from Northeast National University in April 2016. She is the director of a university career for becoming Beekeeping Technicians. Her main line of work is based on studies applied to the beekeeping sector.


Pedranzani Hilda Elizabeth

Pedranzani Hilda Elizabeth is a professor of plant physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biological Sciences Fac., National University of San Luis (UNSL) from 1 October 2013 to date. Biological Professor, National University of San Luis, San Luis, Argentina, 1980. Licenciated in Biology, National University of Comahue, Rio Negro, Argentina, 1987. Doctor in Biological Sciences, National University of Rio Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina, March 26, 2002. Postodoctoral studies: Conservation and Management of Forest Resources. Department of Plant Production and Forest Resources. University of Valladolid, Spain. Arbuscular Endomycorrhizae: Mitigation of abiotic stress in plants. Department of Soil Microbiology. Center for Scientific Research. Granada, Spain. Physiological studies of abiotic stress (drought and cold) in cereals. Department of Botany and Plant Physiology. Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources. Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic. Staff Professor: Abiotic stress in the natural and cultivated plants. Department of Botany and Plant Physiology. Faculty of Biology. University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.


Wang Zhengwen

Wang Zhengwen's research interests involve clonal plant ecology, specifically, between-ramet physiological integration (and division of labour) and, the role of bud bank in community regeneration and in determining the community composition, and foraging features in relation to habitat heterogeneity. Currently, he is also interested in the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and trait-based community assembly processes. Zhengwen started as an Assistant Professor in Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in August 2004, and moved to Institute of Applied Ecology, CAS, where he was promoted to professorship in 2014. He received his PhD in Ecology from Northeast Normal University in July 2001, and was a postdoctoral scholar in Institute of Botany, CAS until August 2004.


John R. Hendrickson

John Hendrickson’s research location focuses on integrating crop and livestock systems and he contributes to this research through developing methods to enhance the resilience and productivity of the rangeland portion of these systems. Specifically, he focuses on understanding mechanisms driving cool-season perennial grass invasion in cool-season grasslands and determining the impact of herbivory on population ecology of grasses. Since receiving his PhD in Rangeland Ecology from Texas A&M University John has been working for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Dubois, Idaho and Mandan, North Dakota. He has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, has been invited to author numerous book chapters and presented information both nationally (in the US) and internationally. 


María Vanessa Lencinas 
I am a Forest Engineer (UNLP) and Dr. in Agronomy (UNSur). I work in the Laboratory of Agroforestry Resources at CADIC-CONICET (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina), in which I am referent in the research line of Forest Management and Conservation, with emphasis in the native Nothofagus forests. My main interest is biodiversity of vascular plants, birds and insects in natural environments with or without natural and anthropogenic disturbances, as well as silviculture and forest management of native forests and in situ conservation of species. I have published more than 90 papers, 12 books chapter and 270 communications/conferences in scientific and technical events. I also have been involved in more than 40 funding projects with national and international collaborators, and direct three scholars and five doctoral theses. Simultaneously, I have in charge the Entomological collection and the Herbarium of CADIC, and assisted in uni- and multi-variate statistical analysis to other members of our working group.


Usama, K. Abdel-Hameed 

Associate professor (2018) at Biology Department, College of Science, Taibah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. M.Sc. (2005), Ph.D. (2010), Associate professor (2015) at Botany Department, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Egypt. He received his Professional Diploma in Quality and Accreditation Management Systems in Educational Institutions (2016). He published four scientific books dealing with plant taxonomy, morphology, anatomy, flora and more than 17 international research papers, and attended many international conferences and workshops (Germany, China, France), and also volunteered as a scientific reporter in local magazine and a presenter of scientific TV programs in local satellite channels. He supervised more than 8 master and Ph.D. theses. Research interest: taxonomy of flowering plants.


Bengu Turkyılmaz Unal
Dr. Bengu Turkyılmaz Unal completed her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees at the Ege University, Izmir, Turkey. She worked for 6 years in the Botany Department of the same University and was appointed as Asst. Prof. in the year 2011 at the Department of Organic Agriculture- Ulukisla Vocational School of Nigde Omer Halisdemir University. Since 2015 Dr. Unal is serving as Assoc. Prof. at the Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Art and Sciences of the same University. Her scientific interests include; Plant Stress Physiology, Plant Eco-Physiology, Plant Biochemistry, Plant Biotechnology and Organic Agriculture. She has published 60 papers until now including 2 book chapters and nearly 20 papers in impact factor journals.


Naser A. Anjum
NASER A. ANJUM, Scientist-D/DBT-Ramalingaswami Re-Entry Fellow at the Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University. Aligarh (India) has made significant contributions to the biology of ‘Plant/Crop-Environment Adaptation’ and enlightened the physiology-biochemistry of plants/crops, and their adaptation/tolerance to varied abiotic stress-factors and emerging pollutants. He has been the pioneer worker to unveil: nano-graphene mediated oxidative stress, antioxidant metabolism and glutathione-redox system and also glutathione-independent defense system-significance in food crop model. Awarded with research awards from F.C.T., Portugal; AcadSinica, Taiwan; U.G.C., and C.S.I.R., New Delhi, India. Dr. Anjum has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, edited 15 books, and has h-index 27 and about 2050 citations (https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=23097123400). Dr. Anjum has been honored with the position of Associate/Assistant Editor in the panel of reputed journals.


Dawei Xue
Dawei Xue’s research involves different aspects related to plant genetics, molecular markers, molecular breeding, abiotic stress and quality traits in crops. Especially, he focuses on 1) molecular mechanism dissection of important agronomy traits in rice and barley; 2) molecular assistant selection in rice and barley breeding; and 3) genetic and molecular mechanism of abiotic tolerance in rice and barley. Dawei obtained his PhD in Biochemistry and molecular biology at China National Rice Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). He is currently the Professor of plant genetics in College of Biology and Environmental Science, Hangzhou Normal University (China). 


Alexios N. Polidoros
Dr. Alexios N. Polidoros received his PhD from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and studied different aspects of antioxidant gene responses to stress, as Research Associate at the department of Genetics of North Carolina State University (USA) for five years. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Genetics and Plant Breeding laboratory at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). He has studied different aspects of plant’s ability to cope with stress, including genetic and epigenetic responses, aiming to the establishment of principles and criteria for breeding stress tolerant crop plants. He is currently working on the integration of genomic, transcriptomic and phenomic analysis in modern breeding. 


Davood Hashemabadi

Davood Hashemabadi’s research involves different aspects related to horticultural plants and crops especially ornamental plants. He also studied various aspects related to the vase life of cut flowers. He obtained His MSc degree from Science and Research branch, Islamic Azad University of Tehran (IRAN). He received his PhD in Horticultural Science at the Islamic Azad University of Tehran (IRAN). He is currently Chair Professor of Horticulture at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Islamic Azad University Rasht, Iran.


Chang-An Geng
Chang-An Geng’s research involves different aspects related to phytochemistry, analytical chemistry and medicinal chemistry, involving the chemical constituents, biological activity, biological function, LCMS analysis, chemical comparison, drug research and development. He received his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Afterwards, he pursued his research on chemicobiology and microbial chemistry at the University of Warwick (UK) as an academic visitor. He is currently an Associate Professor of Natural Medicinal Chemistry at the State Key Laboratory of Phytochemistry and Plant Resources in West China, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.


Xuefei Yang
Xuefei Yang is involved in different research area including Ethnoecology, Global Change Biology, Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Fungal Ecology, Spatial Ecology, and Forestry Ecology. She holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. She also got her Master Degrees from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in China, International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in the Netherlands, and the Center for Space Science, Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP, affiliated to the United Nations) in India respectively. She is currently an associate professor and the principal investigator of the Ethnobotany and Natural Resource Management of Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).


Shahram Sedaghathoor
Shahram Sedaghathoor’s research includes different aspects related to horticultural science. First, he was tea plant researcher and then continued his studies on fertilizers and plant nutrition. He also studied other horticultural plants including medicinal plants, fruits and ornamentals. He is interested in environmental stress and phytohormones effects on plants. Shahram was horticultural engineer and obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree at Tabriz University (Iran). He received his PhD in Horticulture at the Science and Researches branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. He is currently Associate Professor of Horticultural Science at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Rasht branch, Islamic Azad University, Rasht, Iran.


Yongpeng Ma
Yongpeng Ma’s research is focusing on evolutionary and conservation significances of natural hybridization events and which types of reproductive barriers in pre- and post-zygotic stages contribute to these hybridization patterns between close relative plants. Therefore several methodologies, such as pollination biology, molecular ecology and population genetics are all employed to well address these questions. He received his PhD in Botany at the Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Dr. MA is currently a Principal Investigator at the Key Laboratory for Plant Diversity and Biogeography of East Asia in KIB, CAS.


Kandasamy Saravanakumar
Dr. K. Saravanakumar has received the doctoral degree from Annamalai University and his research focus in Plant Physiology, Molecular Biology, Plant Pathology, Microbial Biotechnology, plant microbe’s interactions, with special reference to disease diagnosis, bio control, pathogens and microbial associated molecular patterns, patterns recognition receptors, natural products and industrial applications. He received his PhD (Biotechnology) from Annamalai University, India. He employed as Post-Doctoral Researcher in School of Agriculture and Biology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China. Currently, Dr. K. Saravanakumar working as a Research Professor at the Department of Medical Biotechnology, College of Biomedical sciences, Kangwon National University, Republic of Korea.


Cunxu Wei 
I received my PhD in Plant Cell Biology in June, 2002 at Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China. Since July 2002, I started work at Yangzhou University as a Teaching Assistant (2002.07-2005.06), Associate Professor (2005.07-2011.06), and Professor (2011.07- now). I teach Plant Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Developmental Biology to freshmen, and Plant Developmental Biology and Molecular Cell Biology to postgraduates. My research interest is focused on “Development and regulation of endosperm starch in cereal crops” and “Plant starch sources and their properties”.


Chandrama Prakash Upadhyaya 
Dr. Chandrama Prakash Upadhyaya is an Assistant Professor of Department of Biotechnology, Dr. Harisingh Gour Central University, India. He obtained Ph.D. in Botany (Speciliazation: Plant Biotechnology) Delhi University, Delhi, India. He has 12 years of research and teaching experience in the area of Biochemistry, Plant Biotechnology, Plant genetic Engineering and plant physiology. He has served as Assistant Professor of Biotechnology at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea for almost three years. He also served as regular assistant professor of Botany, at Guru Ghasidas central University, India for almost two years. Dr Chandrama has published research outcome in highly ranked top journals viz. Biotechnology letters, Plant Science, Molecular Breeding, Plant Physiology and biochemistry, etc. Dr. Chandrama has published more than 38 peer reviewed articles (Total citations: 1230), 6 Book chapters, 2 books and over 40 conference papers. He has been awarded several National and International Fellowship such as Indo-Swiss Fellowship at University of Basal, Switzerland, INSA Visiting Scientist fellowship, India. His research interests are Plant genetic Engineering, Plant Stress physiology & Molecular Biology, Plant nanoparticle interaction and epigenetic research. He is currently serving as Assistant Professor and in-charge Head of Biotechnology at Dr. Harisingh Gour Central University, India.


Rabiye Terzi 
Rabiye Terzi is studying on physiology of plants under various abiotic stresses especially drought and heavy metal. She analyzes the responses of plants against abiotic stresses, and the changes in antioxidant system and compatible solutes such as proline, soluble sugars and polyamines in plants under the environmental stresses. She has some studies examining the expression of genes associated with antioxidant system, osmolite synthesis and photosynthesis. Rabiye is a biologist and obtained her degree at Karadeniz Technical University (TURKEY). She received her PhD in Plant Stress Physiology at the same university. She is currently Professor of Plant Physiology at the Faculty of Science, Karadeniz Technical University (TURKEY).


Agustin Zsögön 
Dr Agustin Zsögön is a geneticist and received his PhD in Plant Sciences from the Australian National University. He is Adjunct Professor of Plant Physiology at the Federal University of Viçosa (Minas Gerais, Brazil). His research group studies the relationship between form and function in plants using genetic and physiological approaches in Solanaceae species. Special focus is given to the genetic basis of relevant physiological traits harnessed over the course of crop domestication and improvement. Main research interests: natural genetic variation; genetic manipulation of plant growth habit; genetic basis of plant resistance to abiotic stress; relationship between leaf structure and function; plant transformation and genome engineering; water-use efficiency in crops; coordination and regulation of gas exchange in leaves.


José López Bucio 
The research performed by José López Bucio includes plant responses to bacterial quorum-sensing signals, plant nutrition, and hormonal regulation of root system architecture. José is Biologist and obtained his PhD in Plant Biotechnology at the Center for Research and Advances Studies (CINVESTAV). He is currently Professor of Plant Molecular Biology at the Institute for Research in Chemistry and Biology, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (México).


Ram Prasad 
Ram Prasad is associated with Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India since 2005. His research interests include applied microbiology, plant-microbe-interaction, sustainable agriculture and nanobiotechnology. Dr. Prasad has more than one hundred fifty publications to his credit, including research papers, review articles, book chapters, five patents issued or pending, and several edited or authored books. Dr. Prasad has thirteen years of teaching experience and has been awarded the Young Scientist Award and Prof. J.S. Datta Munshi Gold Medal by the International Society for Ecological Communications; FSAB fellowship by the Society for Applied Biotechnology; the American Cancer Society UICC International Fellowship for Beginning Investigators, USA; Outstanding Scientist Award in the field of Microbiology by Venus International Foundation; BRICPL Science Investigator Award and Research Excellence Award. Previously, Dr. Prasad served as Visiting Assistant Professor, Whiting School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, USA and presently works as a Research Associate Professor at School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.


Dali Zeng 
Dali Zeng’s research involves different aspects related to rice genetics and rice functional genomics on rice yield-related traits. He also studies various aspects related to high photosynthesis efficiency, leaf senescence and efficient use of nutrients. He is agronomy and obtained his degree at Zhejiang University. He received his PhD in Genetics at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is currently Chair Professor of Rice Functional Genomics Team at State Key Lab for Rice Biology, China National Rice Research Institute.


Xiaopeng Gao 
Dr. Xiaopeng Gao is a research scientist in Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography in Chinese Academy of Science. Dr. Gao received his MSc in Plant Science from China Agricultural University and PhD in Soil Science from Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Dr. Gao has a broad research background in soil fertility, nutrition management and soil ecology. His current research program concentrates on the impact of agronomic practices on reduction of greenhouse gas emission from soils. He is highly experienced and interested in the research areas of development and modeling of 4R management strategies to reduce N2O emissions from agricultural systems. Dr. Gao has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters.


Abdul Wakeel 
Dr. Abdul Wakeel completed his PhD at Institute of Plant Nutrition Giessen in 2008 and then worked there for about two years as post doc. Abdul Wakeel’s research interests are mostly relevant to nutrient management, especially, degraded soils. Use of balance fertilizer to combat salinity is a main objective of his research activities and published numbers of articles in high repute scientific journals. Nowadays he is working to highlight the different aspects of potassium nutrition in plants. He worked on physiological and biochemical alterations in plants under salt stress and published that work in high impact journals. He has secured several research grants to conduct research on various aspects of nutrient management in tropic and sub-tropics. Another aspect of his research is to enhance the nutritional quality of cereals regarding microminerals under changing climate. He has focus on biofortification of trace elements in staple grains. Most recently he is part of the south Asia Nitrogen hub to enhance the N use efficiency and decreasing its losses polluting environment. This project is funded by UKRI.


Xuewen Wang 
Xuewen Wang, PhD majored in molecular genetics who graduated from King’s college London, University of London, UK, with more than 10 years professional experience in genomic and genetic data analyzing and bioinformatic tool development using bioinformatics, especially for genomic data generated from Illumina sequencing and PacBio sequencing. The significant contribution of his research is novel genetic and molecular discovery for understanding the genome/genes role in crop improvement, and initial development of bioinformatic tools. He has published more than 30 articles in academic journals with high impact factor, which have been cited >800 times in academic peer-reviewed journals internationally, and as peer-reviewers for more than 40 Web-of-Science indexed academic journals.


Feibo Wu 

Prof. Feibo Wu received her PhD in 2003 at Zhejiang University (ZJU), China. She is the Deputy Director of Crop Science Institute of ZJU. Her main research interest is Molecular Physiology of Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crops. She has published over 100 papers that have been cited over 4600 times, and her publication H-index is 38 (May, 2019). Her publications include works on plant physiology, agronomy, transcriptomics, genomics, proteomics and analysis of RNA-seq. She is currently Qiu-Shi Distinguished Professor of Zhejiang University. Prof. Wu has supervised 20 Ph.D. students and 17 M. Phil students (Graduated during 1999.09 - 2019.05) and 17 are under progress.


Vijay Pratap Singh 
Dr. Vijay Pratap Singh works as an Assistant Professor of Botany, in C.M.P. Post Graduate College, A Constituent College of University of Allahabad, India. His expertise is in the regulation of physiological, biochemical and molecular responses in plants and cyanobacteria under abiotic stress such as heavy metal with an emphasis on nitric oxide, reactive oxygen species, and hydrogen sulfide signaling. As per Google scholar, his current citations are 2900, h-index 29 and i10-index 55 "https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=ONzzfHIAAAAJ&hl=en". His researchgate link is "https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dr_Vijay_Singh2". His frontiers loop link is "https://loop.frontiersin.org/people/89866/overview".


Abdel Nasser Singab 
Vice-president for postgraduate studies, research and international affairs (2017 until now). Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy Ain Shams University, 5 years 2011-2017. Vice-Dean for community service 2010-2011. Vice-Dean for postgraduate studies and research 2006-2010. Associate professor and Acting a Head of Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University. Ph.D. Program, Dept. of Phytochemistry and Natural Medicine, Meiji college of Pharmacy, Tokyo, Japan. Assistant Lecturer, Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Al- Azhar University. Teaching Assistant 1990 and Demonstrator1984, Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Al-Azhar University.


Wenzhi Yang 
Wenzhi Yang’s research involves the development of novel analytical technologies applicable to the holistic quality control of herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). He has been dedicated to developing powerful analytical strategies that can enable the comprehensive chemical analyses of multiple botanical metabolites with potential pharmacological properties, such as multiple-dimensional liquid chromatography/high-resolution mass spectrometry, mass spectrometry imaging, and metabolomics/lipidomics approaches. He also shows interest in the separation techniques that can assist to rapidly discover bioactive molecules from natural products. In particular, continuous efforts have been made to unveil the chemical complexity of various Panax herbs and elaborate quality control methods to enable their authenticity. He is a young scientist obtaining his PhD in Pharmacognosy at Peking University (Beijing, China). He is currently a Principal Investigator of TCM Analysis at Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Tianjin, China).


Khalid ul Rehman Hakeem 
I am presently working as Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I have more than ten years of teaching and research experience in Plant Eco-Physiology, Biotechnology & Molecular biology, Medicinal plant research, Plant-Microbe-soil interactions as well as in Environmental studies. I am the recipient of several fellowships at both national and international levels, also I have served as the visiting Scientist at Fatih Universiti, Istanbul, Turkey as well as at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China. Currently I am involved with a number of international research projects with different Govt. organizations. So far, I have authored and edited more than 40 books with International publishers, including Springer Nature, Academic Press (Elsevier), CRC Press etc. I have also to my credit 90 research publications in peer reviewed international journals and 60 book chapters in edited volumes with international publishers. Currently I am engaged in studying the plant processes at Eco- physiological as well as molecular levels.


Mirza Hasanuzzaman 
A Professor of Agronomy at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University in Dhaka. He received his Ph.D. on ‘Plant Stress Physiology and Antioxidant Metabolism’ from Ehime University, Japan. Later, he completed his postdoctoral research at the Center of Molecular Biosciences, University of the Ryukyus, Japan. He was also the recipient of the Australian Government’s Endeavour Research Fellowship for postdoctoral research as an Adjunct Senior Researcher at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Dr. Hasanuzzaman’s current work is focused on the physiological and molecular mechanisms of environmental stress tolerance. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, edited six books and written 30 book chapters. According to Scopus®, Dr. Hasanuzzaman’s publications have received roughly 3,900 citations with an h-index of 32. He is an editor and reviewer for more than 50 peer-reviewed international journals and was a recipient of the ‘Publons Peer Review Award 2017, 2018 and 2019’. He has been honored by different authorities for his outstanding performance in different fields like research and education, and has received the World Academy of Science Young Scientist Award (2014).


Shafaqat Ali 
Shafaqat Ali received the Ph.D. degree from the Zhejiang University, China, in 2010 after winning Cultural Exchange Fellowship. Dr. Ali is currently serving as an Associate Professor at Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Government College University, Faisalabad. He is also a Visiting Scientist at the Key Laboratory of Soil Environment and Pollution Remediation, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China and Visiting Professor in Department of Biological Sciences and Technology, China Medical University, Taiwan. His research interests include phytotoxicity and phytoremediation of metals, stress physiology, emerging pollutants in soil and water and biochar applications in environment. Dr. Ali received the HEC Best Young Research Scholar award in Biological Sciences from Higher Education Commission, Pakistan and Gold medal from Pakistan academy of Sciences in the field of Environmental Sciences. He is the author of more than 250 refereed publications and 30 book chapters with cumulative impact factor more than 530 and more than 7700 citations with H-index more than 50. He won many research project as a Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator from different national and international funding agencies. He also serves on the editorial board of many international research journals. He is an editor and reviewer for more than 30 peer-reviewed international journals and is a recipient of the Publons highly cited researcher for 2019.


Mingxun Chen 

Mingxun Chen’s research is to investigate gene regulatory networks involved in the control of seed development, accumulation of seed storage reserves including fatty acids and proteins, and responses to abiotic stresses in crucifers of Arabidopsis and oilseed rape. He also employs the molecular breeding strategies to develop new varieties of oilseed rape with high oil yield and strong abiotic stress resistance. Mingxun obtained his Bachelor of agronomy and PhD in Crop Science at Northwest A&F University and Zhejiang University (China), respectively. He was also postdoctoral research fellow at National University of Singapore. He is currently Professor of Crop Science at the College of Agronomy, Northwest A&F University (China).


Jun Cao 
Jun Cao’s research mainly focuses on molecular evolution of important family genes, comparative and functional genomics, lateral root development under iron stress, and gene expression regulation. He has published about 50 peer-reviewed articles which have been cited over 600 times. And he is also a reviewer for more than 20 international journals such as MBE, PMB, BMC etc. He received his PhD in Genetics at College of Life Science of Zhejiang University (P.R. China) in 2009. He is currently in the Institute of Life Sciences, Jiangsu University (P.R.China).


Pingfang Yang 
Pingfang Yang obtained his PhD diploma from Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. He is currently a full Professor of the College of Life Science, Hubei University. His research is mainly focusing on plant proteomics. He is also working on the functional genomics and breeding of rice and lotus (Nelumbo nucifera).


Parvaiz Ahmad 

Dr. Parvaiz Ahmad completed his Doctorate degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India, and then joined International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi in 2007. His main research area is Plant Stress Physiology and Biochemistry. His work is mainly focused on agricultural and horticultural crops under different environmental stresses like, heavy metals, drought and temperature stress. Mitigation of these stresses and production of crop yield is his main aim of research. External applications of elicitors in overcoming these stresses have been successful and published in good (reputed) journals. He has published more than 90 international papers and books on Environmental related problems in plants.


Luciana Ghermandi
Luciana Ghermandi has been working, since 1989, on the disturbance ecology in the semiarid steppe of northwestern Patagonia, Argentina. She directs a working group of students, scholars and researchers, with which she has carried out projects to study vegetation dynamics after fires, droughts and volcanic eruptions. The processes studied have been the invasion of exotic species, the seed bank dynamics, the post-fire shrub encroachment, the changes in species richness and diversity, the response of species to fire (resprouts or stimulation of seed germination by fire cues), the evaluation of fire hazard in wildland interface areas, the relationship between fires and meteorological variables, among others.


Fadi Chen 

Fadi Chen’s research involves different aspects related to flower development, flower pigmentation and abiotic stress tolerance. He has successfully dissected molecular mechanisms involved in flower development and pigmentation, waterlogging and cold tolerance etc. He is also engaged in ornamental plant germplasm collection, evaluation and new varieties breeding. Fadi Chen is a specialist of Horticultural Science and received his master’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture, and PhD in Crop Genetics and Breeding at Nanjing Agricultural University (China). He is currently Chair Professor of Ornamental Plant Genetics and Breeding at the College of Horticulture, Nanjing Agricultural University (China).


Feihai Yu 

Feihai Yu works in many areas of plant ecology, including clonal plant ecology, wetland plant ecology and invasive plant ecology. In particular, he is interested in ecological consequences of small-scale environmental heterogeneity, adaptive evolution of clonal life histories, effects of clonality on performance of individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems, roles of clonal life history traits in plant invasiveness and community invasibility, and adaptive strategies of plants in wetland conditions and restoration of degraded wetland vegetation. He obtained his Ph. D in Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2002, and is currently a professor in Taizhou University, China.


Shucai Wang 

Shucai Wang’s research involves different aspects related to plant molecular biology and genome editing in crops. His research interests mainly focus on the dissection of transcription factor networks that regulating hormone signaling as well as plant growth and development. He received, at Nanjing Agriculture University (China), his Bachelor in Ornamental Horticulture, his Maser in Plant Physiology, and his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He did his Postdoc researches at the University of Missouri, Columbia (USA) and the University of British Columbia (Canada), worked as a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia and a Professor at Northeast Normal University (China). He is currently a Professor at the School of Life Science, Linyi University (China).


Fuzhong Wu 

Fuzhong Wu's research involves different aspects related to plant litter formation, decomposition and their relationships with soil organic matter. Among the latter are carbon and nutrients biogeochemistrical cycles. He also studies climate changes related to forest management taking into account global warming and precipitation changes. He is a forest ecologist, who received his PhD in Botany at the Graduated University in Chinese Academy of Science (China). He is currently a Professor of forest ecology in Geography School of Fujian Normal University (China).


Jinhui Chen

Professor Chen is devoted to researching the basic theory of important genetic traits and breeding techniques in forest trees. Her research interests include genome research of Liriodendron, cell engineering and genetic transformation breeding techniques for tree species, researching the molecular mechanism of somatic embryogenesis using multi-omics techniques.


G.S. Shekhawat

Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Shekhawat’s research involves various aspects related to plant biotechnology, molecular biology and stress physiology. He also studies biochemical aspects of medicinal and aromatic plant species and their in vitro propagation and conservation, specifically rare and endangered plants of Indian Thar Desert. Prof. Shekhawat completed his PhD from University of Rajasthan, and since then continuously engaged in research; initially started as a CSIR Post Doc Fellow, BOYSCAST fellowship and worked at University of South Florida, USA. Dr Shekhawat has also been awarded by INSA International Exchange Fellowship, Young Research Award, Professor YS Murthy Gold medal award by Indian Botanical Society. He has also completed several research projects funded by several national and international funding agencies. Prof. Shekhawat has published several books and more than 65 research papers/articles in journal of international repute. Presently Prof (Dr.) Gyan Singh Shekhawat is working on Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), Nitric oxide (NO) signaling in plants and in vitro production of medicinally potent metabolites.