František Sehnal: A project that worked out

J Insect Physiol. 2023 Mar:145:104475. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2023.104475. Epub 2023 Jan 6.


František Sehnal was a prominent and inspiring figure in many areas of insect science, most notably endocrinology, developmental biology, silk research, and recently insect interactions with genetically modified crops. In this article, I will briefly overview Sehnal's research and other academic and educational activities. I would also like to share my personal experience with František Sehnal as a mentor who drafted, in 1990, a plan for my doctoral thesis: to identify a receptor for juvenile hormone. The project ended up taking more than two decades to complete. While František has passed away, his legacy stays.

Keywords: František Sehnal; Galleria mellonella; Insect endocrinology; Juvenile hormone; Metamorphosis; Silk.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Crops, Agricultural*
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Insecta
  • Juvenile Hormones
  • Moths* / genetics
  • Plants, Genetically Modified


  • Juvenile Hormones