In the beginning of the 1920s A.Ya.Gordyaghin organized a new group of young scientists: Ye.A.Smirenskaya and M.I.Zamarayeva (Firsova), L.N.Vasilyeva and M.V.Markov, A.D.Pletnyova-Sokolova and V.S.Porfiryev. M.V.Markov made a great contribution to the studies of Eastern flora of European Russia. He developed ideas of the founders of the Kazan Geobotany School, established and headed new trends in Geobotany. One can often find species in the herbarium of vascular plants of Tatarstan, gathered by Mikhail Vasilyevich himself or staff members of the department under his direction during the expedition researches on meadows.
In 1932 Vladimir I. Baranov became the Head of the Department. In order to improve the process of education Vladimir Isaakovich worked a lot to create tables, which gave information on morphological, ecological and anatomic peculiarities of plants as well as changes of areal ranges. The tables, created by him, are considered to be the golden collection of the Department even now.
V.I.Baranov drew numerous landscapes and paleo-landscapes as illustrations for academic courses of "Botanic Geography" and "Paleo-Botany". For such purposes he used photographs and watercolor sketches from life made during the expeditions to Siberia, Middle Asia, Crimea and Mongolia, colored reproductions of famous paintings and photos taken by well-known natural scientists. Watercolor landscapes for the profile of the Volga River valley before its flooding from Kuibyshevskoye reservoir is of historical value. At present V.I.Baranov's collection of pictures enumerates 167 units.
V.I.Baranov is notable for organizing a new scientific trend of Paleo-Botany at the Department. In 1947 he began to gather systematically fossil flora himself to do further researches. Those investigations were mainly connected with the studies of Tertiary flora of the USSR.
A great number of pictures and tables, imprints of fossil plants, drawing and photos of these imprints let organize the Paleobotanic Museum at the Botany Department. Vladimir Isaakovich didn't only continue the best traditions of the Kazan Geobotany School, but also promoted the development of other scientific trends of the department: bryology, cyto-embryology and phyto-pathology.
|Fragments of V.I.Baranov's Collection|
|Paleobotany Study-Room|| |