Biology Professor and Science Populizer (Czech Republic)
Zdenek Opatrny is a professor of biology, a populizer of modern biology of plants. He received his Masters in Biology and Chemistry from Charles University in Prague. He has dedicated more than fifty years to the study and research of Molecular Biology and the biotechnological applicability of his results. He is the author of hundreds of journal articles. His results were summarized in the monograph “Applied Plant Cell Biology”, which he co-authored with Peter Nick. His findings led to further development of plant biotechnologies, in the areas of plant protection, cultivating and multiplication. In 1972, he co-founded the International Association of Plant Tissue Cultures. Opatrny is the representative of the Czech Republic in the COST for Agriculture, Food Science and Biotechnology.