In memory of Vera Antonovna Martynenko (1936-2018)

Collegues from Institute of Biology of Коmi Science Centre of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Members of Коmi Branch of the Russian Botanical Society



Vera Antonovna Martynenko (17.02.1936–06.01.2018) — famous specialist in the field of studying vascular plant flora and vegetation of the Far North, the Honored worker of the Komi Republic (2006), The Komi Republic State Scientific Award winner (2000).

She was born in the town Likhoslavl of the Kali­nin (Tver) region. In 1959, Vera Antonovna graduated from the faculty of soil and biology of the Leningrad State University and then moved to the Komi Branch of USSR Academy of Science (Syktyvkar). From 1969 to 1973 she passed correspondence postgraduate courses of the Komi Branch of USSR Academy of ­Science. In 1974, she received the degree of candidate of biology (PhD) by the theme «Comparative analysis of the boreal flora at the Northeast European USSR» in the Botanical Institute (St. Petersburg). In 1996, Vera Antonovna received the degree of doctor of biology in the Institute of plant and animal ecology (Ekaterinburg) «Flora of the northern and mid subzones of the taiga of the European North-East».

The study and conservation of species and coenotical diversity of the plant world, namely the vascular plants flora of the Komi Republic and revealing its transformation under the anthropogenic influence, was in the field of V. A. Martynenko’ scientific interests. She made great contribution to the study of the Komi Republic meadow flora and the pool of medi­cinal plants. She performed inventorying and mapping the meadows of several agricultural enterprises of the Republic, revealed the species composition and places for harvesting medicinal plants and studied their productivity in the natural flora of the boreal zone. The results of her long-term studies were used for making the NPA system and the Red Book of the Komi Republic (1998 and 2009). Vera Antonovna participated in the research of the influence of placer gold mining and oil development on the natural ecosystems of the North, and developed the method of long-term monitoring of plant cover. Results of these works are of high practical value.

V. A. Martynenko is an author and coauthor of more than 130 scientific publications. The most important jnes are «Flora of Northeast European USSR» (1974, 1976, and 1977), «Floristic composition of fodder lands of the Northeast Europe» (1989), «The forests of the Komi Republic» (1999), «Forestry of forest resources of the Komi Republic» (2000), «The list of flora of the Yugyd va national park» (2003), «The guide for vascular plants of the Syktyvkar and its vicinities» (2005), «Vascular plants of the Komi Republic» (2008), and «Resources of the natural flora of the Komi Republic» (2014). She also was an author of «Encyclopedia of the Komi Republic» (1997, 1999, and 2000), «Historical and cultural atlas of the Komi Republic» (1997), «Atlas of the Komi Republic» (2001, 2011).

V. A. Martynenko made a great contribution to the development of the botanical investigations in the North. Since 1982, during more than 10 years, she was the head of the Department of the Institute of Biology. Three Ph. D. theses have been completed under her leadership. Many years, she worked actively in the Dissertation Council of the Institute of biology Komi Scientific Centre UrB RAS. 

The death of Vera Antonovna Martynenko is a heavy and irretrievable loss for the staff of the Institute of Biology. The memory of Vera Antonovna will live in her numerous scientific works, the hearts of students and colleagues.

Section: Obituaries


Biologicheskoe raznoobrazie Respubliki Komi / Pod redaktsiey V. I. Ponomareva i A. G. Tatarinova [Bio­diversity of the Komi Republic / Ed. by V. I. Ponomarev,  A. G. Tatarinov]. 2012. Syktyvkar. 264 p. (In Russian).

Krasnaya kniga Respubliki Komi (redkie i nakhodyashchiesya pod ugrozoy ischeznoveniya vidy rasteniy i zhivotnykh) / Pod red. A. I. Taskaeva.  [The Red Book of the Komi Republic (rare and endangered plants and animals) / Ed. by A. I. Taskaev]. 1998. Moscaw; Syktyvkar. 528 p. (In Russian).

Krasnaya kniga Respubliki Komi / Pod red. A. I. Taskaeva. [The Red Book of the Komi Republic / Ed. by A. I. Taskaev]. 2009. Syktyvkar. 791 p. (In Russian).

Lesa Respubliki Komi / Pod red. G. M. Kozubova, A. I. Taskaeva. [Forests of the Komi Republic / Ed. by G. M. Kozubov, A. I. Taskaev]. 1999. M. 332 p. (In Russian).

Lesnoe khozyaystvo i lesnye resursy Respubliki Komi / Pod red. G. M. Kozubova, A. I. Taskaeva [Forestry­ and forest resources of the Komi Republic / Ed. by G. M. Kozubov, A. I. Taskaev]. 2000. M. 512 p. (In Russian).

Martynenko V. A.1974. Sravnitelnaya kharakteristika borealnykh flor severo-vostoka evropeyskoy chasti SSSR [Comparative characteristic of boreal florae at the European North-east of the USSR]: Avtoref. dis. … kand. biol. nauk. Leningrad. 28 p. (In Russian).

Martynenko V. A.1989. Floristicheskiy sostav kormovykh ugodiy evropeyskogo Severo-Vostoka [Floristic composition of fodder lands at the European North-east]. Le­ningrad. 136 p. (In Russian).

Martynenko V. A.1996. Flora severnoy i sredney podzon taygi evropeyskogo Severo-Vostoka [Flora of the northern and middle taiga at the European North-east]: Avtoref. dis. … dokt. biol. nauk. Ekaterinburg. 31 p. (In Russian).

Martynenko V. A., Degteva S. V.2003. Konspekt flory natsionalnogo parka «Yugyd va» (Respublika Komi) [The list of flora of Yugyd va national park (Komi Republic)]. Ekaterinburg. 108 p. (In Russian).

Martynenko V. A., Gruzdev B. I.2005. Opredelitel sosudistykh rasteniy okrestnostey Syktyvkara [Guide for vascular plants of the Syktyvkar and vicinities]. Ekate­rinburg. 264 p. (In Russian).

Martynenko V. A., Gruzdev B. I., Kanev V. A.2008. Lokalnye flory taezhnoy zony Respubliki Komi [Local florae of the taiga of the Komi Republic]. Syktyvkar. 76 p. (In Russian).

Volodin V. V., Gruzdev B. I., Martynenko V. A., Kanev V. A. 2014. Rasteniya-produtsenty vazhneyshikh klassov biologicheski aktivnykh veshchestv [Plants-producers of the main classes of biologically active substances]. Syktyvkar. 206 p. (In Russian).

Volodin V. V., Volodina S. O., Chadin I. F., Martynenko V. A. 2007. Ekdisteroidsoderzhashchie rasteniya: resursy i bio­tekhnologicheskoe ispol’zovanie [Ecdysteroid-containing plants: resources and biotechnological use]. Ekate­rinburg. 127 p. (In Russian).

Voronin R. N., Degteva S. V., Lavrenko A. N., Loskutova O. A., Martynenko V. A., Nepomilueva N. I., Pakhuchiy V. V., Polezhaev N. M., Sidorov G. P., Simonov G. A., Shubina V. N., Shteyner E. I. 1994. Vliyanie razrabotki rossypnykh mestorozhdeniy Pripolyarnogo Urala na prirodnuyu sredu [Influence of development of placer deposits at the Subpolar Urals on the environment]. Syktyvkar. 167 p. (In Russian).