DRC Sustainable Future: Journal of Environment, Agriculture, and Energy
Publisher: Genesis Sustainable Future Ltd. a private company limited by shares, organized and operated under Hungarian laws, with its head office located at 33 Rákóczi st. H-3950 Sárospatak, Hungary.
Registry number: 05-09-033278
VAT number: 28789367-1-05
We are member of Crossref. Journal’s DOI prefix: 10.37281/DRCSF
Under the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our Editorial Board is working without interruption. Nevertheless, we are aware that Authors may have difficulties in complying with timelines of our regular peer review process. Authors are requested to inform us, if they need additional time for answering Reviewers’s questions. We intend to address these requests in a flexible manner.
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Daniel A. Lowy
Managing Editor: Prof. Dr. Bence Mátyás
About the journal
DRC Sustainable Future is a peer-reviewed publication focused on sustainability, built and natural environment, agriculture and technology, and their large implications on corporations and society both in the present and in the future.
The scope of the journal is broad, and encourages interdisciplinary research. Editors are welcoming experimental research of various methodological approaches.
Subject areas include, but are not limited to:
- Water, soil, and air pollution
- Environmental engineering
- Precision agriculture
- Environment in relation to sustainable agricultural production, and land use
- Soil- and Cultivated Plant interactions
- Medical plants
- Plant biology (mainly crops)
- Mathematics of Sustainability
- Climate, environment, and weather
- Food quality
- Energy harvesting and storage
- Energy consumption and usage
- Green energy
- Population explosion and urbanization
- Sustainable products, services, and operations
- Sustainable Production/Consumption
- Measuring, forecasting, and monitoring sustainability related issues
- Sustainable Education
- Research related to N-glycans detection in plant liquids with separation enjoy priority in our Journal since 2020
For accepted manuscripts we offer rapid publication online within 2 weeks, prior to including the article in an issue, within 4-6 weeks from submission.
Why Publish with us?
Benefits for Authors
- Quality publication secured by double peer-review.
- Rapid publication process within 2 weeks of acceptance.
- Authors may suggest reviewers (please see criteria for reviewer selection here).
- High visibility: Our articles are advertised on social and scholar networks; usually the month after publication, the article receives its first issue.
- No APC: We publish each article for free of charge between 2020-2021.
Benefits for Research
- We support research assessment based on the content, and not the venue of publication.
- Networking: currently we are working on an online forum which will be available at the Journal’s webpage where researchers can share knowledge and look for collaborative partners with simplicity never before seen.
- Open access: all papers published in DRC Sustainable Future are/ and will be freely accesable.
Benefits for Community
- Reduce scholar rubbish and bias in our understanding of research.
- We support master and Ph.D students to publish their first research findings, we do not require well experienced researchers only to publish. However, at least one senior scientist co-author is suggested per article.
- High quality: we publish only high quality research providing viable and citable matierial for the scientific community.
Fundamental research, except for the medical field, is set behind by the continuing pandemic. Three main directions are shaping up in the scientists’ effort to defeat the COVID-19 virus: (i) immunization by vaccine, (ii) healing infected patients with specific medicines, or (iii) prevention of extreme symptoms via strengthening the person’s immune system, while avoiding the cytokine storm. Public opinion focused on which vaccine may be better, how long it would protect its recipient and, most importantly, when does it become available to the residents of a certain country? Does coronavirus treatment with EXO-CD24 show real promise? Under development at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Medical Center, EXO-CD24 has been demonstrated to moderate immune response, and to help preventing cytokine storm.
Issue DOI: 10.37281/DRCSF/2.1
Cover photo: Dr. János Demeter
The cover picture shows Genesis1:11™ Rocket Capsule (Penetrator). Genesis1:11™ is a high-technology toolset which supports plantation and forestation on distant planets. The technology includes but is not limited to semi-capsuled ecosystems and various physical and precision software tools enabling to inject microorganisms and to grow plant roots in extraterrestrial soils. This offers a means to contribute to the creation of the remote planet’s atmosphere owing to root respiration and microbial activity. By this, it contributes to a sustainable future for humankind in remote places, having extreme climatic and environmental conditions
The cover picture shows one of the most busy four-lanes roads in Guayaquil- Ecuador under quarantine.
Given this context, the focus of our first issue has changed, offering a feature article on the effects on air pollution (TSP) prior and after traffic restrictions and curfew against COVID-19 spread, in Ecuador’s three most populated cities. Environmental monitoring was performed next to high traffic roads in Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca. After the implementation of traffic restrictions, the most striking drop in suspended particulate contained by air was measured in Cuenca, where 96.47% decrease in PM2.5 was assessed, relative to the emission observed prior to road traffic ban.
Dear Readers, Members of the Scientific Community, Present and Future Authors!
On behalf of the Editorial Board, I welcome you on the web page of our new journal! We do appreciate your interest and are looking forward to your scientific contributions to DRC Sustainable Future!
Well-being of current and future generations within the limits of the natural world is a primary goal of sustainability research. Decades of academic work have been directed toward understanding this crucial issue, but only recently, research has gained cross-disciplinary significance. There is an increasing demand for integrated knowledge about the Earth, social and technological systems and their interfaces, particularly coming from outside Academia. This trend is indicated by the global Sustainable Development Goals Agenda promoted by the United Nations, with 17 goals adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, along with a 15-year plan to achieve all agreed goals by 2030. 1
In this general context, DRC Sustainable Future is an online international journal publishing the most relevant peer-reviewed research in the fields of sustainability, built and natural environment, agriculture and technology, and their multiple implications on corporations and society.
The most relevant question asked about a new science journal is: “why to publish in DRC Sustainable Future, rather than in other journals?” There are several reasons:
- Submitted manuscript are peer-reviewed by our international board members and/or invited reviewers.
- We encourage interdisciplinary research, embracing experimental results obtained by various methodological approaches. DRC Sustainable Future aims to become a leading journal of sustainable development.
- We promote novel experimental approaches useful to developing countries and encourage ambitious R&D efforts, in line with the long-term mission of the journal’s publisher, Dama Research Center limited to focus on developing countries. While we encourage scientists from developing countries to submit studies, we welcome quality manuscripts from countries all over the world.
- The journal’s endeavor is to become referenced by Scopus and ISI Web of Knowledge within two years. For this, we will ensure to our publications a high number of reads and downloads by advertising published work in the social media and on scientific platforms. Our journal is already being promoted on LinkedIn and Facebook.
- We are proud to announce that our Editorial Board, consisting of internationally recognized experts in the field, will set high standards foracceptance of manuscripts, which will guarantee the scientific quality of published papers.
- Our editorial mission is to accept manuscripts exclusively based on the quality of reported work, on their overall scientific merit, without being influenced by personal opinions of reviewers, who may deem the work “trendy,” “cool,” or “stylish.”
- To render published papers more competitive, we offer careful proofreading, including English language and style improvements.
- To meet these ambitious objectives, the journal is committed to publish in an expedited manner. For accepted manuscripts we offer rapid online publication within 2 weeks, and then include the article in an upcoming issue, within 4-6 weeks from submission.
- Our journal intends to serve the scientific community, rather than to take advantage of it. Therefore, we waive the publication fees and even the online posting charges.
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Dr. Daniel A. Lowy
Daniel A. Lowy (Editor-in-Chief), Genesis Sustainable Future Ltd., Hungary
Daniel is an electrochemist focusing on energy conversion, energy storage, and nanotechnologies. Over the years he worked both as a research scientist and university professor. Also, he reviewed over 220 manuscripts for journals published by Elsevier, the Royal Chemical Society, and the American Chemical Society, evaluated grant applications for funding institutions in the United States (NSF, NIH), Canada, and Switzerland. Has acquired considerable editorial and publishing experience with Research & Reviews: Journal of Material Sciences(electronic edition: e-ISSN: 2321-6212, print edition: p-ISSN: 2347-2278) – stating June 2016 and Research in World Economy (ISSN: 1923-3981; E-ISSN: 1923-399X) – starting July 2020.
University professor. Research interests: Electrochemistry and electroanalytical chemistry, microbial fuel cells, sea water batteries, and nanotechnologies. Achievements: >80 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, 16 referenced conference publications, 2 science books on nano-electrochemistry, 9 chapters in edited electrochemistry textbooks, 7 awarded patents (five Romanian and two U.S. patents).
Personal page: https://genesissus.eu/drc/lowy/
Adrian Patrut, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania
Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at UBB (Babeș-
Bolyai University), serving as the Project Manager of the scientific exploratory project entitled “Age, growth and architecture of monumental angiosperm trees assessed by AMS radiocarbon investigation and climate research performed by stable isotope analysis of wood samples collected from such trees”. This project is highly interdisciplinary, combining the expertise of inorganic and analytical chemists, nuclear physicists, biologists, and botanists. It is based on radiocarbon dating with AMS (accelerator mass spectrometry). It is a radiometric dating procedure, pertaining to both physics and nuclear chemistry. Over the past 15 years, Professor Patrut has instructed the course on nuclear chemistry/radiochemistry, which includes a special chapter dedicated to radiocarbon dating.
Agachi Paul Şerban, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Botswana
Professor Agachi is a Professor of Process Engineering, Process Control, Modelling and Optimization at the School of Chemical, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, BIUST in Palapye, Botswana. He serves as the President of the Association of Carpathian Region Universities (ACRU) and is a member of Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences. He lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has 6 PG students working on topics in coal beneficiation mainly. He earned his MS degree from Politehnica University of Bucharest, Institute of Petroleum and Gas Ploieşti (PhD). From 1998 to 2002 he was involved in university management activities at Université Paris VI. For almost 7 years he served as the Vice President of UBB, in charge with the strategic development of the university, at UBB in Cluj, Romania. Since year 2010, he is a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Ranking Expert Group in Warsaw, Poland.
Anita Jakab, National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre, Hungary
Dr. Anita Jakab currently works at the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre, Research Institute for Fruitgrowing and Ornamentals, Újfehértó- Hungary. Anita does research in Soil Science and Environmental Science. Her current project is ‘Expert examination in authorization procedure of orchards’. Additionally as soil adviser and consultant evaluates results of laboratory soil tests.
Ankit Singla, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, India
Working as Jr. Scientific Officer in Regional Centre of Organic Farming, Bhubaneswar, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India. Worked as Co-PI in the lead centre at SHIATS for the ISRO sponsored project titled “Assessment of Spatial and Temporal Variation of Water Quality in River Ganga using Remote Sensing Technique”. Best Paper of the Year Award (SAWADA Award-2015) by PAWEES (International Society of Paddy and Water Environment Engineering) for the paper “Effect of biochar on CH4 and N2O emission from soils vegetated with paddy. 2014. Paddy and Water Environment. 12(1): 239-243.
Attila Nagy, University of Debrecen, Hungary
Assistant Professor at Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management, University of Debrecen, Hungary. Dr. Nagy does research in water science.
Bence Mátyás (Managing Editor), Dama Research Center limited, Hong Kong
Bence is the founder and CEO of our Journal’s publisher Genesis Sustainable Future Ltd., Hungary, Also, he is the head of the Applied Plant Glycobiology and Applied Astrobiology research groups at Dama Research Center limited, Hong Kong, and founding member of NGO Enterprise Development of University of Debrecen, Hungary. This NGO was established by 16 successful entrepreneurs, including the head of DG Research at Richter Gedeon Hungary, to support and train university startups. In 2016, Dr.Mátyás’s proposed course in non-relational database management related subjects, was included in the curriculum of the University of Debrecen. He completed his Ph.D. in 2016, in Environmental Sciences, and two years later, he was appointed Principal Professor at Universidad Politécnica Salesiana in Quito, Ecuador. He is committed to astrobiology research, soil science, and sustainable technologies.
Personal page: https://genesissus.eu/drc/matyas/
Benito Mendoza, Universidad Nacional de Chimborazo, Ecuador
Full time Professor of hidrology at Universidad Nacional de Chimborazo (UNACH), Ecuador.
Ferenc Mónus, University of Nyíregyháza, Hungary
Dr. Ferenc Mónus currently works at Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Nyíregyháza. He took his Ph.D. degree in Biology, Behavioural Ecology at the Department of Evolutionary Zoology, University of Debrecen. Ferenc does research in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Zoology and Environmental Education. His research topics include foraging and antipredator strategies in birds, the role of spatial position in behavioural response of birds, human mate choice, methods and efficacy of Environmental Education.
Imre Vágó, University of Debrecen, Hungary
Experienced Associate Professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education. Skilled in Environmental Awareness, Plant Nutrition, Physics, Science, Agricultural Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry. Strong education professional graduated from University of Debrecen.
István Fekete, University of Nyíregyháza, Hungary
Dr. Fekete has been carrying out soil biological, and chemical researches on the area of Síkfőkút DIRT (Detritus Input and Removal Treatments) Project, which can be found on the North-Eastern part of Hungary. Síkfőkút DIRT Project forms a part of the DIRT Project which was organized by the US-International Long-Term Ecological. General purpose of the project is to reveal the connection between the modifications of litter production and the changes of climatic conditions and land use.
Jesus R. Melendez, Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador
Full time Professor at Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador. Research areas: Strategic Management, Business Administration, Operation research, Quality Management, Projects, Organizational Behavior, and Biofuel Production. Research interests: (i) Corporate social responsibility (ii) Organization and public policies (iii) Industrial organization and (iv) Agroindustrial management and development.
László Kövér, University of Debrecen, Hungary
Dr. Kövér is an Assistant professor at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis about the ‘Population increase and nest site selection of the Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix) in an urban environment’. Besides he studied crow ecology and controlling in Austria, Scandinavia, Japan and Alaska. He is interested in conservation biology, that’s why he had visited Rota Island on the Pacific Ocean and studied the Mariana crow (Corvus cubaryi)
Máté Mátyás, Scentimeter Ltd., Hungary
Máté is a Hungarian innovator, sustainability-related multiple patent and trademark owner, specialized in nanotechnology, training and education systems and special manufacturing solutions. Various startup competition, VCIC and exhibitor award winner (Zongton Capital, BARIC, CSITF, CIIE).
Personal page: https://genesissus.eu/drc/mate/
Michael Bodo, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, United States
Dr. Bodo’s areas of expertise include development of electronic devices for intelligent medical measurements and data processing systems. He worked extensively in the areas of cerebral blood flow autoregulation and metabolism, neurosurgical ICU monitoring, neuroprotection, biofeedback, psychophysiology, neurophysiology, primary stroke prevention, sleep research, and data processing of EEG, Rheoencephalogarm (REG), and analog physiological signals. Starting year 2000, he took on a joint project with the Resuscitative Medicine Department at Walter Reed Army Institue of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, Maryland. In present, the Cerberus amplifier and the real-time monitoring system he developed are being utilized at the Neurocritical Care Department of Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Nevien Elhawat, Al Azhar University, Egypt
Dr. Elhawat works at Al-Azhar University. Disciplines: Biotechnology, Botany, Biostatistics, Agronomy, and Enviromental Science.
Preetha Bhadra, Centurion University of Technology and Management, India
Assistant Professor at Centurion University and Head of Agri, Biotech & Biomedical Solution of Gram Tarang Technologies. Dr. Bhadra worked in different fields of detection of mycotoxins and diseases using aptamers and sensors, new natural drug designing for cancer and microbial diseases, building of small devices and instruments for diagnosis and as well as therapy. Dr. Bhadra filed 8 patents in new drug designing of targeted solutions for different cancer using BIOVIA as platform and one in designing a detection kit of mycotoxin.
Sriraam R. Chandrasekaran, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, United States
Dr. Sriraam Chandrasekaran is a Lead Research Engineer at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and has been with ISTC since in May 2013.
Tamás Miglécz, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Dr. Miglécz is working at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Expertise: Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, Conservation Ecosystem, Ecology, Species Diversity, Climate Change, Invasive Species, Plant Ecology, Biodiversity Monitoring, Community Ecology, Conservation Vegetation, Landscape Ecology, Botany, Plant Biodiversity, Seeds, Restoration Ecology
Tarek Alshaal, Kafrelsheikh University, Egypt
Dr. Tarek Alshaal currently works at the Department of Soil and Water, Kafrelsheikh University. Tarek does research in Irrigation and Water Management, Environmental Science and Agricultural Plant Science. Their current project is ‘Nicotine contaminations in plants derived foods and commodities’.
Yuhua Kong, Henan Agriculture University, China
Dr. Kong is currently working at Henan Agriculture University, China.
Zsolt Kotroczó, Szent István University, Hungary
Dr. Kotroczó is currently work at Szent István University, Hungary.
Zsolt Sándor, University of Debrecen, Hungary
Dr. Sándor is currently working at Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Sciences, University of Debrecen, Hungary .
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