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Vyskot Boris

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born January 22, 1951 in Brno

  • Developmental biology, plant molecular and cell genetics
  • Member of Learned Society since 2003

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1969, Graduate, academic secondary school, Brno;
  • 1969-1974, Faculty of Natural Science (FS), J. E. Purkyně University (JEPU) (now Masaryk University (MU), Brno;
  • 1974, RNDr., FS, JEPU;
  • 1978, CSc., in biophysics, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (CSAS);
  • 1995, Associate Professor of genetics, FS, MU;
  • 1999 DrSc., in biophysics, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic (AS CR);
  • 2001, Professor of molecular biology and genetics, FS MU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1974-1975, study stay, Institute of Experimental Botany, CSAS;
  • 1975-1978, postgraduate student; research fellow (1978-1992);
  • 1993-present, Head, Laboratory of Plant Developmental Genetics, Institute of Biophysics, CSAS;
  • 1992, sabbatical stay, Department of Biology, Université de Bordeaux II (9 months);
  • 1994-1995, study stay, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ann Arbor, Mich. (USA) (7 months);
  • 1998, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France), visiting professor.

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1992-present, member, Professional Councils for PhD Studies of Biology and Genetics (FS MU), Plant Physiology and Anatomy (Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague), and botany (FS, Palacký University (PU), Olomouc)
  • 1993-1995, Chairman, Genetics Subcommisison, Grant Agency of Czech Republic (GA CR) 1995-1997, Chairman, Commission of Agricultural Sciences, GA CR
  • 1998-2004, member, Accreditation Commission of Government of CR and chairman of its working group for biology and ecology
  • 2003-present, member, Scientific Council of PU;
  • 2003-present, member, DSc. Commissions for Plant Biology, Genomics, and Molecular Biology

Notable awards:

  • 1973, Special Award, CSAS (best student scientific work)
  • 1978, Award, journal Biologia Plantarum, Academia (for the best publication of the year)
  • 2002, Award for “exceptional“ work Lengerová-Vyskot (Protoplasma 2001) in
    The Scientist 16 (3), 34, Feb. 4, 2002
  • 2004, Award. First Class Medal, Ministry of Education (for the activities in the Accreditation Commission)
  • 2004, invited review on gender in plants, Trends in Genetics (vol. 20, No.9)

Selected publications:

  • J. Široký, J. Žlůvová, K. Říha, D. E. Shippen, B. Vyskot: Rearrangements of ribosomal DNA clusters in late generation telomerase-deficient Arabidopsis. Chromosoma 112, 116 (2003)
  • E. Kejnovský, J. Vrána, S. Matsunaga, P. Souček, J. Široký, J. Doležel, B. Vyskot: Localization of male-specifically expressed MROS genes of Silene latifolia by PCR on flow-sorted sex chromosomes and autosomes. Genetics 158, 1269 (2001)
  • B. Vyskot: The role of DNA methylation in plant reproductive development. In: Sex Determination in Plants (Ainsworth, C. C., Ed.), Bios Scientific Publishers Ltd. (ISBN 185996 042 1), pp. 101-120, Oxford 1999
  • B. Vyskot: Přehled vyvojové biologie a genetiky (Survey of Developmental Biology and Genetics). Textbook for doctoral study of the biomedical sciences, Institute of Molecular Genetics AS CR, ISBN 80-902588-1-6, 241 pp., Prague (1999)
  • B. Vyskot: Genetická podmíněnost fyziologických procesů (Genetic determination of physiological processes). In: Fyziologie rostlin (Plant Physiology) (Procházka S., et al., Eds.). University textbook, Academia Prague 1998. ISBN 80-200-0586-2. pp. 432-458
  • J. Bůžek, K. Říha, Široký, J. Greilhuber, B. Vyskot: Histone H4 underacetylation in plant facultative heterochromatin. Biol. Chem. 379, 1235 (1998)
  • B. Janoušek, J. Široký, B. Vyskot: Epigenetic control of sex expression in a dioecious plant, Melandrium album. Mol. Gen. Genet. 250, 483 (1996)
  • B. Vyskot, A. Araya, J. Veuskens, I. Negrutiu, A. Mouras: DNA methylation of sex chromosomes in a dioecious plant, Melandrium album. Mol. Gen. Genet. 239, 219 (1993)
  • B. Vyskot, Z. Karpfel, M. Bezděk: Hormonal control of 5-bromodeoxy-uridine tolerance in crown-gall tumors and habituated tissues. Planta 137, 247 (1977)
  • B. Vyskot, F. J. Novák: Experimental androgenesis in vitro in Nicotiana. Theor. Appl. Genet. 44, 138 (1974)

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.