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Trevor A Thorpe was a PhD student of Toshio Murashige at the University of California, Riverside (USA). He was a Faculty Professor and now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He retired in 1997 but is still an active researcher. His areas of interest include developmental plant physiology, experimental plant morphogenesis and micropropagation, mainly of woody plants. He was a former Chairman of the International Association for Plant Tissue Culture and former editor-in-chief of In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Plant.

Edward C Yeung was a PhD student of I Sussex at Yale University. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba (Canada). His research interests are structural, physiological and biochemical ontogeny of plant embryogenesis and floral biology of orchids

Claudio Stassolla was a PhD student of Edward Yeung at the University of Manitoba, (Canada). His research is on plant somatic embryogenesis in vitro.

Andy V Roberts is Emeritus Professor in the School of Health and Biosciences at the University of East London (UK). His research interests are the use of in vitro methods for the propagation and genetic improvement of woody plants, particularly roses.

Geert-Jan de Klerk (see chapter 3) Chapter 5.

Ivana Machackova is a Professor at the Institute of Experimental Botany of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague (Czech Republic). She is Head of the Laboratory of Plant Morphogenesis and Director of the Institute. She lectures in the Department of Plant Physiology at the Charles University in Prgaue. Her research interests are in the area of plant growth substances (auxins, ethylene, abscisic acid and melatonin); their modes of action and metabolism, regulation of their levels in relation to plant development and electrophysiology.

Eva Zazimalova is an Associate Professor of Plant Physiology at the Institute of Experimental Botany of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague. She is Head of the Laboratory of Hormonal Regulation in Plants and Deputy Director of the Institute. She also teaches in the Department of Plant Physiology at the Charles University in Prague. Her research is in the fields of auxin and cytokinins (mode of action of auxin, auxin binding site(s), regulation of levels of auxins and cytokinins in relation to cell division and elongation and the mechanism of polar transport of auxin).

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