The Poplar and Fast Growing Forest Trees Research Institute was established
primarily as Poplar Nursery Directorate in 1956. It was then converted
into the Poplar Research Institute on 24th April 1962. Delegates to a
meeting of the International Poplar Commission participated in the inauguration.
In 1967, the Institute was entrusted with the additional responsibility of conducting research and development activities on Eucalyptus species. The responsibilities of the Institute were further expanded to cover fast growing tree species in 1968.
Two UNDP/FAO projects (Poplar Development in Turkey, 1962 1966) and Industrial Forestry Plantations, 1972 1977) were based in this Institute and were implemented in collaboration with local and international staff.
The Institute is located at Izmit Kocaeli and is connected to the Ministry of Forest and Water Affaire. The task of the Institute is to carry out research to solve problems for arising of poplar and fast growing forest trees cultivations and extent throughout the country and in that forestry activities undertaken by the Ministry of Forest and Water Affaire.
The Institute has seven specialist research sections and two administrative service offices as follows:
Forest Soil and Ecology
Yields and Economics
Project Planning and Computing
Social Forestry and Public Relations