Victor Dmitrievich Zotov
Victor Dmitrievich Zotov (16 September 1908-26 May 1977) was a New Zealand
New Zealand
New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga...

Botany, plant science, or plant biology is a branch of biology that involves the scientific study of plant life. Traditionally, botany also included the study of fungi, algae and viruses...


Zotov was born in Vladivostok
The city is located in the southern extremity of Muravyov-Amursky Peninsula, which is about 30 km long and approximately 12 km wide.The highest point is Mount Kholodilnik, the height of which is 257 m...

, Russia
Russia or , officially known as both Russia and the Russian Federation , is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects...

 and emigrated to New Zealand in 1924. He attended Feilding Agricultural High School
Feilding High School
Feilding High School is a co-ed Secondary School in Feilding, New Zealand.-Mission statement:We Provide Learning for LifeKia Toa, Kia NgakaunuiHave Courage, Desire Greatly...

 from 1925-1927. In 1928 he began working at the Plant Research Station in Palmerston North
Palmerston North
Palmerston North is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is an inland city with a population of and is the country's seventh largest city and eighth largest urban area. Palmerston North is located in the eastern Manawatu Plains near the north bank...

, which in 1936 became the Plant Research Bureau within the DSIR
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
Several countries have organizations called the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, abbreviated DSIR.-United Kingdom:...

, and continued working in the Botany Division of this organisation until his retirement in 1968.

Zotov's primary research interest was in New Zealand grasses, writing papers on canary grass
Canary grass
Canary Grass is a plant, Phalaris canariensis, belonging to the family Poaceae. Originally a native of the Mediterranean region, it is now grown commercially in several parts of the world for birdseed, hence the name. This large, coarse grass has erect, hairless stems, usually from 2 to 6 feet ...

es, Arundinoideae
The Arundinoideae is a subfamily of the true grass family Poaceae, including giant reed and common reed.-Genera:Tribe AmphipogoneaeAmphipogonDiplopogonTribe AristideaeAristidaSartidiaStipagrostiTribe ArundineaeArundo...

 and especially Gramineae. He was also interested in the vegetation of the Tararua Range
Tararua Range
The Tararua Range is one of several mountain ranges in the North Island of New Zealand which form a ridge running parallel with the east coast of the island between East Cape and Wellington....

s where he enjoyed tramping, and additionally published on soil erosion.
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