Khitrovo, Vladimir Nikolaevich
Born Dec. 26, 1878 (Jan. 7, 1879), in St. Petersburg; died July 7, 1949, in Omsk. Soviet botanist; doctor of biology (1946).
Khitrovo graduated from the University of Kiev in 1902; he taught at the university from 1910 to 1917. His principal works dealt with floristics, geobotany, the biology of weeds and feed crops, phenology, and regional studies. Khitrovo studied the vegetation, especially the meadows, of the central regions of the European USSR, the Urals, and Western Siberia. Seeds of the winter-hardy wild red clover that he collected in Siberia were used by P. I. Lisitsyn for breeding purposes. Khitrovo studied seasonal polymorphism in plants.
Khitrovo organized the Society for Natural Research of Orel Province in 1905, the Muratov Botanical Base (the botany section of the Shatilov Agricultural Station) in 1919, and the Galich’ia Gora Preserve in 1925. He also helped organize the Kiev (1913) and Novozybkov (1916) agricultural experiment stations, as well as the Orel Pedagogical Institute, where he became a professor in 1921 and where his herbarium is housed.