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Aegean University Botanical Garden

Volume 2 Number 9 - December 1997
Prof.Dr.Güven Görk

The Botany department of the Aegean University Botanical Garden and Herbarium Research and Application Center, Turkey has been seriously considering the importance of plant products in the development of the country and thus established a Botanical Garden in 1964, for research and education. The Botanical Garden, in addition to research and education services, is an important institution for raising awareness among the general public for biodiversity conservation. In 1964 the Botanical Garden was established within Science Faculty but since 1997, it is affiliated to the Aegean University. The garden undertakes studies on the conservation of endangered plants of the area and supports investigations on environmental protection .

The Botanical Garden lies in the Mediterranean climatic belt at an altitude of 10 m with an annual rainfall of 640.2 mm. and a temperature range of 1-35ºC. The soil is light and highly productive. The garden has been established over an area of 48,750 m² and includes 13 greenhouses covering 1,300 m, which are used for ornamentals, research and education (Cl-13 see map). Tropical, xerophitic and exotic plants are presented to students and public. In the garden there are 3,000 species of plant, both native and exotic.

Other sections of the garden open to the public are a Recreational Park (N). This part is at the entrance of the garden, with conspicuous plants, pools and resting facilities. The systematic area (M1-2) covers the major part of the garden with monocotyledons (M1) and dicotyledons (M2) in family order. There is an arboretum (S) which is a large area covered by different trees and shrubs. There is an area for economic plants (F-G), which includes examples of plants that are used in food, industry and medicine and various horticultural species that can be grown in parks, gardens and houses. The pool section (L) has a rich collection of aquatic plants. The mountain section (K) is displayed on a mound made up of small and big stones with typical trees, shrubs, bulbous and some alpine plants of the Mediterranean region.

Herbarium

The Herbarium has over 35,000 specimens of plants from Turkey. The building has an area of 300 m². The first floor includes flowering plants the second includes nonvascular and cryptogamic plants. It is open to the researchers, importers and exporters of plants, as well as to people interested in plants as a hobby. Information is also provided to people interested in learning about the distributional pattern of different species.

Assoc. Prof.Dr.Güven Görk
Ege Üniversitesi rektörlügü Botanik Bahçesi ve Herbaryum Arastirma ve Uygulama Merkezi Müdürlügü (Aegean University Botanical Garden, Herbarium and Application Centre)
Bornova-Izmir 35100
Turkey
Tel:+90 51 0232 342 47 88 388 40 00 (2842/24390) 3884000/2842
Fax: +90 51 0232 388 10 36
E-mail: botbaher@sci.ege.edu.tr or botbaher@fenfak.ege.edu.tr
Internet: http://www.sci.ege.edu.tr/~botanik/bahce.html