Anatolii Alekseevich Silantev
Silant’ev, Anatolii Alekseevich
Born Mar. 18 (30), 1868, in St. Petersburg; died Mar. 21, 1918, in Petrograd. Russian zoologist.
In 1890, Silant’ev graduated from the Forestry Institute in St. Petersburg; in 1893 he became an instructor at the institute. He worked jointly with V. V. Dokuchaev in soil research, studying the soil fauna and steppe afforestation. Silant’ev’s main works dealt with the taxonomy, zoogeography, morphology, anatomy, and biology of various groups of animals. His studies on crop pests are especially well known. Silant’ev described in detail the Otiorrhynchus, the old-house borer (Hylotrupes bajulus), and weevils; he also proposed methods of controlling these insects.