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Editorial Board

Giulia GUERRIERO

Editor-in-Chief
Giulia GUERRIERO
Federico II University Naples
Italy

Biography :

Associate Professor of Comparative Anatomy and Cytology and member of the Graduate School in Environmental Systems Analysis, "Federico II" University of Naples, Italy. Member of the working group of the Biological Bioindicators of the Italian Society of Marine Biology; of the Interdepartmental Research Center for Environment and of the Interdepartmental Research Center of Bioactive Peptides of the University of Naples; of the Young Investigator Awards Judging Annual Meeting of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine, USA and Co-Head of the certified laboratory UNI EN ISO 9001: 2008 of Comparative Endocrinology at the Department of Biology, University of Naples. Her research works, published in widely international journals and object of invitation as a speaker at national and international conferences, defined the correlation between oxidants and antioxidants in physiological defenses embryonic and larval development of non-mammalian vertebrates and the role of steroid receptors in the breeding season.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Her research goal is to obtain an integrated understanding of the steroid-sensitive brain circuitry and the subcellular signaling pathways that mediate the steroid actions. A major research focus is the biochemical and molecular mechanisms involved in the reproductive cycle; relationship between oxidant, or promoters of oxidation levels of environmental and physiological defenses of fertility and during embryonic development; specie identification and strategy of conservation of animals at risk of extinction.
Current interests include: impact of endocrine disruptors on steroid receptors and antioxidants in non mammalian.

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Dafeng Hui

Executive Editor
Dafeng Hui
Department of Biological Sciences
Tennessee State University
USA
Tel. 615-963-5777
Fax 615-963-5783

Biography :

Dafeng Hui is Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in botany with an emphasis on ecology from the University of Oklahoma and the M.S. degree in agronomy with an emphasis in biostatics and genetics from Yangzhou University, China. His research interests lie in the broad area of ecosystem ecology, plant ecology, and ecological modeling. Specifically, his research focuses on the following areas: (1) climate change effects on ecosystem carbon, nitrogen, and water cycling, (2) the effects of agricultural practices on crop productivity and greenhouse gases (such as CO2 and N2O) emissions, and 3) simulation of ecosystem carbon, nitrogen, and water cycling using ecological models. Hui has published one book and fifty papers in scientific journals such as Nature, Global Change Biology, Plant and Soil, New Phytologist, and Tree Physiology. He has reviewed manuscripts for more than 25 journals, proposals for the NSF, DOE, and other funding agencies, and serves on the NSF proposal review panels. Huis research has been sponsored by the US Department of Energy, USDA, and the NSF.

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Research Interest :

His research focuses on the following areas: (1) climate change effects on ecosystem carbon, nitrogen, and water cycling, (2) the effects of agricultural practices on crop productivity and greenhouse gases (such as CO2 and N2O) emissions, and 3) simulation of ecosystem carbon, nitrogen, and water cycling using ecological models

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Gulnihal Ozbay

Executive Editor
Gulnihal Ozbay
Professor
Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Delaware State University
USA

Biography :

Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay is a Professor and Extension Specialist in Natural Resources in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Delaware State University. She is appointed primarily for research and her research interests are in the area of habitat restoration and water quality issues, specifically water quality driven toxicity in harmful algae, shellfish-algae dynamics, nutrient and water quality management, heavy metal contaminants, aquatic ecology and bacterial monitoring. She received her Ph.D. in Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama in 2002. She conducted research leading to the development of aquaculture effluent water quality standards for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as her Ph.D. project. Dr. Ozbay has advised 16 graduate and over 60 undergraduate students and has served on 17 additional graduate students’ committees. She has received several outstanding researcher awards at the national, regional and institutional levels. She serves as an Editorial Board Member for the five different journals and former Executive Board Member for Atlantic Estuarine Research Society. She also serves in the Research Advisory Committee for NOAA-LMRCSC and Technical Advisory Committee for the Northeast Aquaculture Center, currently as co-chair. She has also been honored by an appointment from the Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as a member of the Delaware Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Steering Committee for the State of Delaware.

 

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Research Interest :

Her research interests are in the area of habitat restoration and water quality issues, specifically water quality driven toxicity in harmful algae, shellfish-algae dynamics, nutrient and water quality management, heavy metal contaminants, aquatic ecology and bacterial monitoring.

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George Perry

George Perry
Dean and Professor of Biology
University of Texas at San Antonio
USA

Biography :

George Perry is dean of the College of Sciences and professor of biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Perry is recognized in the field of Alzheimers disease research particularly for his work on oxidative stress. Perry received his bachelors of arts degree in zoology with high honors from University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduation, he headed to Scripps Institution of Oceanography and obtained his Ph.D. in marine biology in 1979. He then received a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. In 1982, Perry joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University until he moved to UTSA in 2006. He is distinguished as one of the top Alzheimer’s disease researchers with over 900 publications, one of the top 100 most-cited scientists in neuroscience and behavior and one of the top 25 scientists in free radical research. Perry has been cited over 53,000 times (H=113) and is recognized as an ISI Highly Cited researcher. Perry is editor for numerous journals and is editor-in-chief for the Journal of Alzheimers Disease. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Microscopy Society of America, Royal Society of Medicine, Royal Society of Chemistry, Society of Biology and the Linnean Society and past-president of the American Association of Neuropathologists. He has been elected member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, Mexican Academy of Sciences and Academy of Sciences Lisbon; Iberoamerican Molecular Biology Organization, Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and won the Distinguished Professional Mentor Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Senior Investigator Award from the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology, Senior Fulbright Fellow and the National Honor Plaque of Panama for exceptional contributions to Neuroscience. Perry is Chair of the Board of the National Organization of Portuguese Americans.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Marine biology
Oceanography
Cell Biology

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Michael Bernard Kwesi Darkoh

Michael Bernard Kwesi Darkoh
Department of Environmental Science,
University of Botswana
Private Bag 0022 Gaborone
Botswana Tel:(267)355 4131

Biography :

Professor Michael Bernard Kwesi Darkoh Is a Ghanaian. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin Madison, USA in 1971. He is currently Professor of Environmental Science. Prior to his current position, Prof Darkoh had also been Professor and periodically Head of Geography in various universities, including University of Papua New Guinea, Ports Moresby, PNG (1993- 1996); Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya (1981-1993); University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1974- 1981); Ohio Univesity, Athens,USA (1985- 86); California State University, San Bernardino, USA (1972-1974); University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA (1971-72); and the University of Cape Coast, Ghana (1966- 1971). He also taught at Achimota School, Accra Ghana (1963- 1965) and St Augustine’s College, Cape Coast Ghana (1960). He currently teaches graduate courses in land use planning and agriculture and environmental change and undergraduate courses in human environment, environmental issues, economic geography, concepts and principles of industrialization, rural development and the African environment. His current research interests span several areas, including, environment and development, climate change, desertification and land degradation, climate change impact. mitigation and adaptation, land use and resource conflicts, agriculture and biodiversity, arid lands development, and industrial location and regional development. He has served as a consultant for UNEP and the World Bank on Desertification and Environmental Assessment and Action Planning in Eastern and Southern Africa and has been external examiner for several universities in Africa, the USA, and Australia. Prof Darkoh’s honours and awards include: University of Botswana Researcher of the Year (2004); Special Commendation for Exemplary Performance as Teacher and Researcher, University of Dar-es Salaam (1980); University of Wisconsin Fellowship (1971); and Aggrey Fellowship of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (1969 – 71). His latest recognition was from Kenyatta University, which, when celebrating its silver jubilee in November 2010, gave an award of recognition for his exemplary contribution as one of the pioneer professors in the growth and development of that institution. Prof Darkoh has served on a number of decision-making committees at various universities, supervised and provided guidance to several young men and women many of whom are currently well established senior scientists, researchers and professors. He was for several years the Editor of the Journal of African Research and Development and the Editor of the Trans-African Journal of History. His books include: Rural Livelihoods, Risk and Political Economy of Access to Natural Resources, Nova Science Publishers, New York, co-authored with Kgathi, DL & Ngwenya, B (2011); Natural Resource Use and Land Use Conflicts: The Case of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, Lambert, Saarbrucken, (co-authored with JE Mbaiwa, 2010); Tourism and Environment in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Pula Press, Gaborone, Pula Press, Gaborone, Botswana, (co-authored with JE Mbaiwa (2006); Human Impact on Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (co-edited with A Rwomire), Ashgate, UK (2003); African River Basins and Drylands Crises, Uppsala University, Sweden (1992); Combating Desertification in the Southern African Region, UNEP, Nairobi/Moscow (1989); Tanzania\\s Growth Centre Policy and Industrial Development, PETER LANG GMBH, Frankfurt (1994); Man and Desertification in Tropical Africa University of Dar es Salaam Press (1979)

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Research Interest :

Research interests span several areas, including, environment and development, desertification and land degradation, climate change impact, mitigation and adaptation, land use and resource conflicts, agriculture and biodiversity conservation, arid lands development, and industrial location and regional development.

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Gerald A. McBeath

Gerald A. McBeath
Professor
University of Alaska
USA

Biography :
 Biography
Research Interest :

Environmental Protection, Marine Mammals, Environmental Diplomacy, Biodiversity

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Jean-Michel KORNPROBST

Jean-Michel KORNPROBST
Professor Emeritus
universities/University_of_Nantes/University of Nantes,
France

Biography :

Born in France in 1941, Jean-Michel Kornprobst is Professor Emeritus since 2003. From 1990 to 2003, he was Professor of Physical and Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Nantes, France, and Director of the Marine Chemistry Laboratory since 1996. After having obtained his academic degrees in chemistry from the «École nationale supérieure de chimie» of Montpellier, France, he gained his PhD at the University of Lyon in 1969. After having worked as an associate professor in the laboratory of Professor J.E. Dubois at Paris 7 University, he became Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Dakar, Senegal, in 1974. From that date on he worked in the field of marine organic chemistry. He learnt scuba diving and founded the first diving school in West Africa, «Oceanium de Dakar», in 1984. In 1989 J.-M. Kornprobst organized the 6th International Symposium on Marine Natural Products (MaNaPro 6) in Dakar. In the 1990s he was member of the editorial advisory board of Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology and Journal of Marine Biotechnology. From 1993 to 2002, J.-M. Kornprobst was responsible for two research programs on marine natural products at the University of Qatar and at the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. J.-M. Kornprobst has authored more than 400 scientific works, mainly in the field of marine natural products and serves as referee for numerous scientific journals. J.-M. Kornprobst has recently been an invited professor at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and Campinas, Brazil, and he is currently member of the scientific advisory board of the Marine Biotechnology Research Center (MBRC) of Rimouski, Quebec, Canada.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Marine Biotechnology, Marine Natural Products, Hydrobiologia, Marine Biotechnology

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Jeffrey Kevin McKee

Jeffrey Kevin McKee
Professor
Department of Anthropology
The Ohio State University
USA

Biography :

Jeffrey K. McKee is a professor in the departments of Anthropology and Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University. He has led excavations at the South African fossil sites of Taung and Makapansgat. McKee is the author of The Riddled Chain (2000), Sparing Nature (2003), and co-author of the widely used textbook Understanding Human Evolution (2005).

 Biography
Research Interest :

His research interests include Hominin evolution, African paleoecology, human population density and extinction, evolutionary theory.

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Sudhanshu Panda

Sudhanshu Panda
GIS/Environmental Science
Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Gainesville State College
USA

Biography :

Sudhanshu Panda is a Assistant Professor at Gainesville State College Previously he worked as a Lecturer at Idaho State University Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Arkansas Water Resources Engineer/GIS RS Expert at STS Engineering and Consultants Co Ltd Soil Conservation Engineer at Department of Soil Conservation He received BTech from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology MS in Environmental Remote Sensing for Geoinformation Development from Asian Institute of Technology and PhD from North Dakota State University He has authored about many Publications that include research articles He has over 20 years of research experience

 Biography
Research Interest :

Geospatial Technology (Geographic Information System; Remote Sensing; and Global Positioning System).

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Rena Rebecca Borkhataria

Rena Rebecca Borkhataria
University of Florida
USA

Biography :

I am interested in the study of ecological and anthropogenic processes affecting the survival and persistence of wildlife and in community-level interactions between species and across landscapes. I use field observations and experiments in conjunction with statistical and simulation modeling to understand how species are affected by land-use change, hydrological management, and landscape patterns. I believe in integrating the natural and social sciences to reach conservation goals and have conducted research in both areas. My Ph.D. research was focused on population and habitat suitability modeling for an endangered species (Mycteria americana) using satellite telemetry and GIS. Previously, I studied the ecological and political factors affecting conversion from shade to sun coffee in Puerto Rico. I am currently at the University of Floridas Everglades Research and Education Center, focusing on issues related to demographic and landscape modeling; Everglades restoration; spatial ecology of agricultural pests; and wildlife in agriculture.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Demographic and landscape modeling; Everglades restoration; Spatial ecology of agricultural pests; and Wildlife in agriculture.

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Frank J. Dirrigl

Frank J. Dirrigl
Department of Biology
The University of Texas
USA

Biography :

Dr. Dirrigl is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science in the Environmental Science Program, Department of Biology, The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA).  Previously, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Post University, Connecticut. As a professional Environmental Scientist he has written over 95 technical reports. He established at UTPA the Lower Rio Grande Valley Biomonitoring Laboratory to conduct research on the response of indicator species and species guilds to land-use development (urbanization and agricultural). A focus of his work is to use biomonitoring techniques for accessing the potential impacts from environmental engineering structural designs on the water quality and environmental health.

 

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Research Interest :

Conservational Biology

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Genoveva Esteban

Genoveva Esteban
Associate Professor
Aquatic Environmental Science
Bournemouth University
UK

Biography :

Dr Estebans current research is twofold: (1) she leads a successful programme that aims to link science with conservation through research on `cryptic biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems. `Cryptic biodiversity refers to organisms invisible to the naked eye that have (until now) been excluded from conservation surveys and habitat management practice - yet, they are the foundations of food webs and help habitats to bounce back in response to environmental change. The work is in partnership with Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) and Pond Conservation Trust. One of the key outputs of her research is the inclusion of `cryptic biodiversity in conservation guidelines and habitat management plans in a variety of nature reserves in Dorset (UK). This research has recently been the topic of a correspondence in Nature; (2) characterization at molecular and morphological levels of the rare aquatic microbial consortia that thrive in wet woodlands, some being new species to science. These rare habitats sustain a rather large reservoir of undocumented microbial species and microbial consortia. The research of this oasis of microbes is supported with grants from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Systematics Association (UK). Dr Esteban is also a dynamic Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador; her public-engagement activities and work with schools to promote aquatic sciences received a national award in the House of Lords in 2010

 Biography
Research Interest :

Her research interests focus on biodiversity at the microbial level in order to understand and predict the functioning of aquatic systems by characterizing microbial biodiversity at local and regional scales, and by defining the role played by microbes in the natural environment and food webs.

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Danilo Russo

Danilo Russo
Bat Ecology and Bioacoustics Laboratory
School of Biological Sciences
University of Bristol
UK

Biography :
 Biography
Research Interest :

I am an animal ecologist mainly working on vertebrates (especially bats) but also on a flagship long-horned beetle, the Rosalia longicorn Rosalia alpina. My research interests cover a range of topics, including habitat selection, resource partitioning, sensory ecology, social behaviour and conservation biology. Much of my conservation biology work has focused on identifying key habitat features for threatened species, assessing the impact of forestry, and more recently gap analysis based on presence models.

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Masahiro Kato

Masahiro Kato
Director
National Museum of Nature and Science Herbarium
Japan
Tel. +81-29/ 851-5159
Fax +81-29/ 853-8401

Biography :

Dr Masahiro Kato has received his PhD in Kyoto University during the period of 1977-1982. Currently, he/she is working as Director in National Museum of Nature and Science Herbarium. He has successfully completed his Administrative responsibilities as Lecturer in University of Tokyo. He /she is serving as an editorial member of several reputed journals like Bulletin of Japan Pteridological Society, Journal of Plant Research, Bulletin of Japan Society for Plant Systematics, Journal of Phytogeobotany and Taxonomy, Plant Morphology.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Evolution and morphology of Podostemaceae (river-weeds)
Evolution of epiphytes

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Brigitte Howarth

Brigitte Howarth
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Natural Science and Public Health
College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities
Zayed University
Dubai

Biography :

Dr Brigitte Howarth is an experienced ecologist, with a BSc in applied ecology (University of East London, 1992), and a Ph.D in ecological and behavioural entomology (University of Central Lancashire, 1998). She has a thorough knowledge of the UAE and Oman’s ecology, fauna and flora, with over 10 years experience in this region. She is a recognised expert in the local (UAE) insect fauna, including the Oman border region, specialising in the flies (Diptera), but is also skilled in identifying other insect orders. She has helped in the identification of medically important ticks from offshore oil platforms in the UAE. As well as serving as Chair of the Department of Natural Science and Public Health, she currently lectures in ecology at Zayed University, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and is involved with the the Emirates Natural History Group, Al Ain, where she has served in many different capacities (curator and custodian of the entomological collection, chair, vice chair, speaker coordinator, recording officer, outreach coordinator). Brigitte has conducted a number of ecological research projects, and has presented work at international conferences. She is experienced in terrestrial and aquatic (freshwater) environmental survey techniques and has conducted over 25 terrestrial ecology baseline surveys, biodiversity action plans and archaeology surveys for Environmental Impact Assessments.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Recording of baseline data for arthropods (mainly insects) of the UAE and Northern Oman
Ecology and behaviour of insects
Avian visual recognition and the development of predator avoidance strategies in insects
Anglo-European perceptions and ecological realities in the Arabian Peninsula early to mid-twentieth century

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Michael O Neal Campbell

Michael O'Neal Campbell
Environmental Scientist
Lakehead University
Ontario, Canada
Tel: 250 220 3434

Biography :

My background is human and environmental geography and environmental science, with GIS/Remote Sensing applications, in teaching, research and project applications. I have worked as a social scientist and GIS teacher and researcher in Canada and the UK, interacting with people at all levels (basic learners, knowledgeable customers, scientists, government agents and students). I have also researched as a environmental and social scientist, on biogeography, social ecology, environmental pollution, landscape change and nature/society relations, mostly with GIS applications at micro and macro levels. These interactions required intensive self-motivation and team work, and strong, continually evolving and innovative interpersonal and organizational skills, and utilisation of GIS library resources. My PhD included in-depth analysis of social theory, human geography techniques, environmental policy and environmentalism (including political ecology, regional histories of environmental politics and thought, and evolving environmentally related paradigms), theories of environmental governance with regional applications, indigenous environmental knowledges in the south- in Africa, and central America and Canada, both qualitative ethnographic methods and quantitative methods, and local environmental impacts of international issues such as economic growth and policy.

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Research Interest :

His research interestsinclude
Applications of geomatics to urban landscapes, urban ecology.
Mammal/human interactions in changing landscapes, assessed through remote sensing.
Recreation and the environment, especially game reserves and national parks.
Comparative studies of GIS and remote sensing packages for spatial analysis of forest change.
Applications of geomatics to the African, Central and North American landscape (especially forests and wildlife, and
local peoples' impacts).
Research Methodologies for landscape change (including statistics, geomatics and ecological surveys).

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Romy Greiner

Romy Greiner
Professor of Tropical Livelihoods
Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods
Charles Darwin University
Darwin
Australia

Biography :

Dr Romy Greiner holds the position of professor of tropical livelihoods at Charles Darwin University. Romy is an ecological/environmental economist and has made significant research contributions to: • understanding motivations for and drivers of conservation, production, consumption and adoption behaviour.

• conceiving matters of Indigenous livelihoods, well-being and economic development as they relate to the environment.
• measuring the benefits (monetary and well-being) and costs of alternative conservation options.
• developing solutions to environmental problems at the business, industry and regional scales.
• exploring the role of policy instruments in facilitating ecologically sustainable development with particular focus on market-based instruments.
As well as important contributions to:
• conducting economic research within a participatory action research framework and as part of interdisciplinary research teams;
• supporting the translation of research results and scientific knowledge into management and policy; and
• nurturing the professional development of young researchers.

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Research Interest :

Her research interests include ecosystem services, livelihoods, wellbeing, environmental management, risk management, trade-offs, adaptation, economic values, aspirations, land, water, marine use and management, grazing, agriculture, salinity, water quality, biodiversity conservation, fishing, tourism, conservation, indigenous and regional economic development

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Peter DOVC

Peter DOVC
Professor
University of Ljubljana
Slovenia
Europe

Biography :

Peter DOVC is professor in Genetics, Animal biotechnology and Animal breeding at University of Ljubljana. He graduated from Biotechnical Faculty in 1981 and received his PhD in Animal genetics at Technical University, Munich in 1988. After postdoctoral training at Justus Liebig Universität, Giessen and Ludwig Maximilian University, München, he joined the newly established Gendiagnosezentrum. During 1994/95 he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis. From 1995 he is professor and head of Genetic laboratory at University of Ljubljana.. His main research interests are regulation of gene expression in the mammary gland, identification of candidate genes for growth and fat deposition, antigen variation in avian mycoplasmas and conservation genetics. He was president of the Genetic Society of Slovenia, member of the Agribiotechnology board of EBF, member of the expert system at European Commission and president of the Research Council at the Slovenian Research Agency.

 Biography
Research Interest :

His main research interests are regulation of gene expression in the mammary gland, identification of candidate genes for growth and fat deposition, antigen variation in avian mycoplasmas and conservation genetics

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Aysegul Tanik

Aysegul Tanik
Professor
Department of Environmental Engineeringg
ITU, Istanbul Technical University
Maslak-Istanbul
Turkey
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Biography :

Aysegul Tamik is a Full Professor at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in Turkey. She obtained her B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering (1981) and M.Sc. Degree (1984) in Environmental Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul. Between years 1981-1983, she worked as a chemical engineer in the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey and as a Research Assistant at Bogazici University during 1983-1984. Her Ph.D. is in Environmental Engineering (1991) and she got her degree from ITU, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering where she has been a member of teaching staff since 1992. She has become Associate Professor in 1996 and Full Professor in 2002. She has worked as a Project and Research Engineer in various Contracting Firms dealing with treatment of water and wastewater within the years 1984-1992. Her current fields of interest are; determination and management of diffuse sources of pollutants, water quality management, water quality modeling, and integrated watershed management. She has 60 papers appearing in international SCI journals and more than 70 papers in the selected international proceedings besides many national conference papers.

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Research Interest :

Her current fields of interest are; determination and management of diffuse sources of pollutants, water quality management, water quality modeling, and integrated watershed management.

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Stefanos A. Nastis

Stefanos A. Nastis
Agricultural Economic Development
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Greece

 

Biography :

Stefanos A. Nastis (snastis@auth.gr) is a full time lecturer in Agricultural Economic Development at the department of Agricultural Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Economics from the University of Wyoming and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.  His research focuses on the intersection between environmental and agricultural economics. He has worked on estimation issues of environmental impacts on human health and on agricultural productivity, on farmers’ risk preferences towards health hazards and on the effectiveness of agri-environmental schemes, on issues of risk and agricultural biodiversity, and on the effects of climate change on agricultural productivity, and on the efficiency of agricultural cooperatives.

 Biography
Research Interest :

•    Environmental and Health economics
•    Agricultural Risk Management
•    Climate change adaptation and mitigation
•    Agricultural biodiversity
•    Farm and cooperatives’ productivity
 

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Butnariu Monica

Butnariu Monica
Associate Professor
Banat University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Timisoara, Romania
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Biography :
 Biography
Research Interest :

Chemistry and Analytical Biochemistry; Analytical research for quantification of chemical and biological parameters using biomarkers. Mechanisms by which complex mixtures of plant compounds interact to modulate biological activity. Influence of environmental factors on life style; Research on natural compounds or active principles of plants; Influence of metabolism on the immune-stimulating activity of medicinal plant constituents. Develop approaches for the chemical characterization of medicinal plants and plant mixtures using different methods. Mechanisms of metals uptake into root and translocation to shoot, accumulation of heavy metals in plants.

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Govindasamy Agoramoorthy

Govindasamy Agoramoorthy
Distinguished Research Professor
College of Environmental & Health Sciences
Tajen University
Taiwan
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Biography :

Govindasamy Agoramoorthy is Distinguished Research Professor at the College of Environmental & Health Sciences, Tajen University, Taiwan and he has been in Tajen for 10 years. His research ranges from environmental sciences to sustainable development, and he has carried out field research in Asia, Africa, and South America over the last 25 years. He serves in the editorial board of several international peer-reviewed journals including the Journal for Nature Conservation (Elsevier), Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Sciences (Taylor & Francis), Current Biotechnology (Bentham Science) and Journal of Primatology (Omics Group). He is also the Consulting Editor for the Journal of Environmental Biology (Triveni) and the Editor-In-Chief of the American Journal of Social issues and Humanities. He served as Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in (Washington, DC, USA from 1985 to 1988. Between 1989 and 1993, he served as a Visiting Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution and during that time he carried out wildlife research in the South American rainforests. Over the last decade, he has been involved in integrated multidisciplinary research involving environment, human health, natural medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, biological sciences and social sciences. He conducts field research in several countries in Asia. He currently serves as Tata Visiting Chair in India and review natural resource management projects. He also serves as the Scientific Advisor to the Applied Environmental Research Foundation based in Maharashtra. Professor Agoramoorthy is an internationally renowned scientist, environmentalist and theorist in the fields of nature and society. He has authored 20 books, 60 book chapters, and 200 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals with impact factor.

 

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Research Interest :

Environment, Human health, Natural medicine, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Biological sciences and Social sciences

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Ferrell Loki V Osborn

Ferrell (Loki) V. OSBORN
Director
Elephant Pepper Development Trust (EPDT)
South Africa

Biography :

Loki Osborn has been examining the conflict between wildlife and people for over 20 years in both Africa and Asia.Osborn’s PhD focused on the ecology of crop-raiding elephants in Zimbabwe and his subsequent research has focused on the use of community-based conflict mitigation techniques to deter elephants from agricultural areas.

For ten years Osborn ran the non-profit Elephant Pepper Development Trust, which worked with rural farmers across southern Africa to develop protocols to enable them to protect themselves and their crops against elephants, and provide a market for chillies from which these farmers could derive an income.  Parallel to this initiative, he started Elephant Pepper, a commercial chilli pepper sauce business that used the chillies grown and harvested by rural African farmers in a range of food products. 

Between 2005 and 2007 he assisted the Government of Botswana develop the Okavango Delta Management Plan, and over the past three years he has worked on a World Bank funded project to mitigate human/wildlife conflict countrywide in Botswana. Osborn worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society until 2009 and has since consulted for Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund and the African Wildlife foundation on conflict issues in the region.Osborn currently runs Connected Conservation, a consultancy companythat assists communities, NGOs and governments to develop practical mitigation solutions.


 

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Research Interest :

Wildlife Conservation

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Shiang-Lin Huang

Shiang-Lin Huang
Department of Environmental
Biology and Fishery Science,
National Taiwan Ocean University,
Keelung, Taiwan

Biography :

PhD in Ecology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution Biology, National Taiwan University,  MSc in Zoology, Institute of Zoology, National Taiwan University, BSc in Zoology, Department of Zoology, National Taiwan University Assistant, researcher fellow, Department of Environmental Biology and Fishery Science, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan

 Biography
Research Interest :

1. Ecology—life history strategy
2. Ecology—ecological modeling, remote sensing of environment
3. Conservation biology—systematic demographic analysis, population viability analysis, status and risk assessment, spatial-demographic modeling
4. Zoology—marine mammalogy, branchiopod (crustacean) life histories

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Jane E. Bristol-Rhys

Jane E. Bristol-Rhys
Associate Professor,
Department of Humanities and Social Science,
Zayed University
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Biography :

Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle. 1987
Topical Emphases: Islam, Middle Eastern Cultures, Ethnicity, Economics, Development, and Social Change.
Geographic Areas: Middle East and North Africa
Dissertation:Ethnography of Economic Strategies of the Urban Poor inCairo.
B.A., (High Honors) American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt. 1977 Socio-cultural Anthropology and Literature
Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2001 to present Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Science Coordinator, Museum Studies Graduate Program 2012 to present.
Head of Humanities and Social Sciences Department, 2001-2, 2012-13.
Director, Institute for Applied Social Research, 2002-2004.
Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Science, 2002.

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Research Interest :

Western Civilization, The Story of History, Cultural Geography, Cultural Landscapes.
The Human Journey, History of the M.E., Cultural Interactions.
Anthropology, Global Studies, The Power of the Social Sciences, and Global Encounters.

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Ali A. M. El-Keblawy

Ali A. M. El-Keblawy
Department of Applied Biology,
University of Sharjah
Sharjah, UAE.
Tel: 971-6-5053133, 971-50-5432065
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Biography :

Ph.D. Desert Plant Ecology, December 1994 Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt in a joint supervision program with University of Windsor, Canada Title: Variability among sexual phenotypes of Thymelaea hirsuta (L.) in the Egyptian Deserts. M.Sc.(Desert Plant Ecology, December 1987 Alexandria University, Egypt Title: A study of Thymelaea hirsuta (L.) Endle. population in Egypt
B.Sc. Botany, May 1983 Tanta University, Egypt

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Major research interests are varied from the ecology of desert plant populations and communities to reproductive ecology and seed germination ecology. Interested mainly in applying the main concepts of plant ecology in different fields of environmental sciences such conservation of natural flora and Biodiversity, weed ecology and weed control.
The following are the main trends in my research:
1.Biodiversity and Conservation in Desert Plant Communities
2.Propagation of Desert Plants
3.Restoration Ecology
4.Plant Reproductive Ecology

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Narayan Ramappa Birasal

NR Birasal
Associate Professor,
Zoology Department,
KLE Society’s G H College
HAVERI,Karnataka state, India
Tel: +919449122732
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Biography :

Ph.D topic Some studies on the changes in the freshwater ecosystem during the impoundment of the Kali river (Karnataka state, India) M.Sc Specialization subject is Reproductive Biology. First Rank to Karnatak University Dharwad. B.Sc With Chemistry, Botany and Zoology subjects as optionals. Worked as Co-investigator in Minor Research Project financially supported by University Grants Commission, New Delhi. Dr N R Birasal presently working as Associate Professor, Zoology Department, KLE Society’s G H College, HAVERI – 581 110, Karnataka state, India.

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Research Interest :

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of water resources projects. Enzymatic approach to the study of algae for the treatment of pharmaceutical waste water. Ecology of Zoo-plankton. Limnological studies. studies on the changes in the freshwater ecosystem. Reproductive Biology.

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AMIN F. MAJDALAWIEH

AMIN F MAJDALAWIEH
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Chemistry & Environmental Sciences,
American University of Sharjah
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Tel: +971 50 175-5378

Biography :

Post-Doctoral Fellow Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Masters of Science (M.Sc.) (Dean’s Honour List) Microbiology & Immunology Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) (Distinction) (Advanced Double Major program)

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Research Interest :

Research interests are diverse, but mostly interested in studying the immunomodulatory and anti-cancer properties of various spices, herbs and other food additives. Also interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that link macrophage-driven inflammation to conditions such as heart disease (atherosclerosis), obesity, and cancer. Specifically, focus on: (1)Studying the potential “immunomodulatory effects” of selected spices and herbs (nutritional immunology) (2)Studying the potential negative effects of nicotine on the functionality of immune cells (3)Understanding the molecular mechanisms involving the role of macrophages in cholesterol metabolism, heart disease, obesity, and breast cancer (4)Elucidating the signaling pathways that link macrophage-driven inflammation to heart disease (atherosclerosis), obesity, and cancer

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Valentino Setoa

Valentino Setoa Junior Te’o  
Macquarie University Vice Chancellor Innovation Fellow,
Macquarie University
Australia. 
Tel: +61-2-9850-6955

Biography :

B.Sc., University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1990
M.Sc. (Honours) Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Auckland, New Zealand., 1992
Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Auckland, New Zealand., 1996
Macquarie University Vice Chancellor Innovation Fellow (Biotechnology, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Macquarie University) • Senior lecturer to a combined undergraduate (3rd yr) and Masters students course in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Macquarie University) • Supervisor and assessor of Macquarie University Post graduate students • Macquarie University Manager for the Australian Federal government NCRIS 5.5 Biofuels production initiative (www.ncrisbiofuels.org/facilities) • Organizing committee member of the Australian Bioprocessing Network group (BPN, www.bioprocessingnetwork.com.au)

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Research Interest :

Microbial Biotechnology (Industrial products),Bioprospecting, Recombinant gene cloning, expression, regulation and production,Genetic engineering and mutagenesis, Genomics, Controlled Fermentation: from laboratory-scale to large-scale, Biofuels, Synthetic Biology, Environmental Biotechnology, Systems Biology (Proteomics, Transcriptomics, Metabolomics).

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Miklas Scholz

Miklas Scholz,
Civil Engineering Research Group, School of Computing, Science and Engineering,
University of Salford
Newton Building, Greater Manchester M5 4WT, UK
Tel: 0044 7765464263

Biography :

Prof. Miklas Scholz, cand ing, BEng (equiv), PgC, MSc, PhD, CWEM, CEnv, CSci, CEng, FHEA, FIEMA, FCIWEM, FICE, Fellow of IWA holds the Chair in Civil Engineering at The University of Salford. He is the Head of the Civil Engineering Research Group. Prof. Scholz has shown individual excellence evidenced by world leading publications, postgraduate supervision and research impact. His main research areas in terms of publication output are as follow: treatment wetlands (20%), integrated constructed wetlands (ICW, 10%), sustainable flood retention basins (SFRB, 9%), permeable pavement systems (8%), decision support systems (6%), ponds (6%) and capillary suction time (6%). About 50% and 41% of his research is in water resources management and wastewater treatment, respectively. The remaining 9% are in capillary processes and water treatment. He has published two books, over 150 journal articles and over 210 conference presentations. Prof. Scholz’s full journal article publications in recent years are as follows: 2009 (13), 2010 (19), 2011 (13), 2012 (21), 2013 (16) January 2014 (2). He publishes regularly in the following journals with high impact factors: Bioresource Technology (4.750), Building and Environment (2.430), Construction and Building Materials (2.293), Desalination (3.041), Ecological Engineering (2.958), Environmental Modelling & Software (3.476), Environmental Pollution (3.730), Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2.206), Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology (2.504), Journal of Environmental Management (3.057), Landscape and Urban Planning (2.314), Science of the Total Environment (3.258) and Water Research (4.655). Prof. Scholz has total citations of 1914 and 1610 citations since 2008 (December 2013).

 

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His research has led to the incorporation of findings into national and international guidelines on wetland and sustainable drainage systems. The greatest impact has been made in the area of ICW in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. Prof. Scholz contributed to the design guidelines of wetland systems as a research consultant. The guidelines assist designers and managers in all aspects of ICW planning, design, construction, maintenance and management. Moreover, specific guidelines were written for ICW used by farmers to treat farm yard runoff in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and Ireland. These guidelines are specifically mentioned in national legislation.

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Fatme Al-Anouti

Fatme Al-Anouti
Assistant Professor
Department of Natural Science /Public Health
Zayed University
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel: 02-6413830

Biography :

Ph.D. Molecular Biochemistry, University of Windsor (Canada), May 2005 Masters of Clinical Chemistry, University of Windsor, June 2001
Masters of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, American University of Beirut (Lebanon), October 1997
Bachelor of Biological Sciences, American University of Beirut, July 1995 Assistant Professor (Department of Natural Science /Public Health, Zayed University)
Co-chair and Member of Zayed University Undergraduate Research Scholar Program
Research Collaborator (Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, SKMC, Abu Dhabi)

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Interested in conducting research within the area of Microbiological, Biochemical and Chemical techniques for Clinical Diagnosis and Public Health (Risk assessment, Infection Control and Public Safety)

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Devendra Kumar Patel

Devendra Kumar Patel
Rural Technology Department,
Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya
Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) – India;
Tel: +91-9993660173

Biography :

M. Sc., NET, Ph.D. – Botany/Life Science
Life Membership: (MAPAI) Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Association of India, Life Membership: (IAAT) Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy,
Life Membership: Indian Science Congress Association,
Research Experience:05 Years; Teaching Experience:6.5 Years

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Research Interest :

Plant Ecology, Aquatic plants, PHYTOREMEDIATION and Diversity/Conservation of the plants, Medicinal plants, Conservation of Medicinal Plants

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Toshiaki Owari

Toshiaki Owari
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
The University of Tokyo
Japan

Biography :

Dr. Toshiaki Owari earned his PhD in forest science at the University of Tokyo in 2000. He was Instructor of forest management and engineering at Hokkaido University between 1997–2006. During 2003–2004, he was at the University of Helsinki, Finland, to study forest products marketing and forest certification. He was Lecturer between 2006-2012 and has been Associate Professor since September 2012 at the University of Tokyo. He is also Assistant Director at the University of Tokyo Hokkaido Forest and Deputy of IUFRO Unit 5.10.00 (Forest products marketing and business management).

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Forest technology, Forest management, Forestry business, Forest products marketing

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Joel Fleurence

Joël FLEURENCE
Professor of Marine Biology and Biochemistry
University de Nantes
France

Biography :

Joel Fleurence, PhD, is Professor of Marine Biology and Biochemistry at Nantes University. He is one of two Directors of the Research Laboratory “Sea, Health, Molecules”. He is member of the University National Council since 2007 and was elected Vice-President of the section “Biology of organisms” since 2011. He is a senior scientist and an international expert on the seaweeds valorisation. In 1985, he began his research career in the pharmaceutical industry in the French Company Roussel-Uclaf. In 1990, he was recruited by the Institute of Valorisation of Seaweeds (CEVA, Brittany, France) to lead researches about the chemical composition and nutritional properties of macroalgae. Professor Fleurence has participated in the establishment of the French regulation on marine algae used as sea vegetables. In 1994, he arrives as head of laboratory “Proteins and Quality” at IFREMER (Research French Organism for the Sea Exploitation) and develops research on the nutritional properties of seaweed protein for use in human or animal food. Since 2002, he is Professor at the University of Nantes and conducts research on the development of seaweed (macroalgae and microalgae) and more specifically on their pigments.

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Research Interest :

Marine Biotechnologies - Valorization of seaweeds and microalgae

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Ashok Gupta

Ashok Gupta
Principal Scientist (Animal Biochemistry)
National research centre on Equines
Hisar, Haryana

Biography :

Ashok Gupta, aged 59 years, born on 8th Oct., 1955 at Nabha (Dist. Patiala, Punjab), India, did his Bachelors degree (Science) in 1975 after initial schooling at Hisar, Haryana. He completed his Master's and Doctorate degree (Biochemistry) in 1978 and 1989, respectively from Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar (Haryana), India. Started his scientific career in 1978 as Agricultural Research Scientist Scientist-1 (Biochemistry), at Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Presently working as Principal Scientist (Animal Biochemistry) as National research centre on Equines, Hisar, Haryana. In a scientific span of 36 years, he has contributed appreciably both in Equine Health and Production. For his valuable contributions in the field of vaccine development against equine influenza virus, he was awarded 'One Time Special Award' in July,1998 by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi . His work on disease diagnosis and animal production aspects has also been appreciated and awarded at different scientific fora. He is also a life member of nine National scientific societies. He has contributed significantly in development of three technologies namely 1) Indigenous Equine Influenza Vaccine, 2) A field oriented diagnostic ELISA kit for detection of EHV-1 antibodies in equines and 3) Pregnancy diagnostic kit. Pregnancy diagnostic kit 'Pregmare kit' is for early pregnancy diagnosis in horse mares for the benefit of equine owners. . Gupta has about 104 research papers published both in International and National Journals, Six books/ chapters in books and has also edited a book 'Shalihotra' (in Hindi) related to equines. Dr. Gupta has also guided four Ph.D and eleven M.Sc or M.V.Sc students for their thesis work. He had also been to Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, U.K in 1989, 1991 and 1995 for specialized training on Equine Biotechnology and Influenza vaccine development under ODA funded Indo-UK collaborative research project on "Equine Influenza." He has recently characterized all the six registered indigenous horse and endangered pony breeds for their phenotypic and genetic characteristics for adopting their conservation and breeding planning. Presently, he is working on molecular studies related to characterization of different indigenous breeds of horses and donkeys in India.

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Equine breed characterization, Diagnostic facilities including pregnancy and disease diagnosis, for the benefit of poor equine owners at their door step

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