POPLAR and FAST GROWING FOREST TREES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
(Poplar Research Institute - PRI)
Foundation and Organization

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:

Silviculture
Tree Improvement
 
Forest Protection
 
Forest Soil and Ecology
 
Yields and Economics
 
Project Planning and Computing
 
Social Forestry and Public Relations

 

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