Vladimir Kostal received his M.S. degree in agronomy from Czech University of Life Sciences and Agriculture, Prague, Czech Republic in 1985. He received his Ph.D. degree in entomology from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic in 1991. From 1991 to 1996 Kostal worked as a Research Scientist at the Institute of Entomology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He carried out Postdoc stays at the Horticulture Research International, Wellesbourne, England, UK in 1992 and at the Federal Research Station of Agriculture, Waedenswil, Switzerland in 1995. From 1997 to 1998 he got a JSPS stipend at the Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. Prof. Kostal serves as the Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Physiology, Biology Centre ASCR, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic since 1999. He worked as an Associate Professor at the University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic in 2005 and had a Fulbright stipend at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA in 2008. In 2012 Kostal became a Professor at the University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. His area of expertise includes ecophysiology of insect diapause, overwintering, and cold tolerance. He found that the disturbance of electrochemical potentials across biological membranes is an important factor of chill-injury and prefreeze mortality in dormant insects, contributed to understanding the principles of insect freeze tolerance, including their survival in liquid nitrogen and found that the principles of freeze tolerance can be artificially transferred from a cold hardy to a chill susceptible insect species.
Biography Updated on 7 November 2012