Prof. Dr. Adil Güner
Director Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanik Bahçesi, İstanbul
Adil Güner graduated from the Biology Department of Hacettepe University in Ankara and receiving his PhD at the same department in 1979. He was appointed professor of botany at the Biology Department of Abant İzzet Baysal University in Bolu in 1994 and he was the editor of Turkish Journal of Botany and The Karaca Arboretum Magazine between 1991 and 2006. He became Director of the Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanic Garden, (NGBB) İstanbul in 2002. As well as working and studying in plant taxonomy and conservation of native Turkish fora, he has been at the forefront of revealing the enormous botanical and foristic information about Turkey to the Turkish people and the world. In 2012 he published “Türkiye Bitkileri Listesi: Damarlı Bitkiler (A Checklist of the Flora of Turkey, Vascular Plants)”. The most important features of this project were not only that is it is in Turkish, but each taxa has been given a unique Scientifc Turkish name. Following on from this, under the patronage of the President of Turkey, he became editor-in-chief of “Resimli Türkiye Florası (The Illustrated Flora of Turkey)”, the first national Flora covering only Turkey. Volume 1 was published in 2014 and Volumes 2, 3, 4 and 5 are in preparation. So far over 200 scientists and teams of plant artists have contributed to this 28 volume project with the main aim of opening up the wealth of Turkey’s botanical riches to all in Turkey in their own language.
Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanic Garden and its activities related to plant diversity of Turkey
Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanik Bahçesi (NGBB) provides a public amenity funded by the Ali Nihat Gökyiğit (ANG) Foundation to preserve plant diversity, promote education and especially through presentations, show the crucial importance of plant diversity. The Garden is situated on eight islands of land formed by the motorway intersection and slip roads. In addition to being a research, training and education centre, NGBB has created a green oasis for people living in this area of İstanbul. NGBB primarily aims to disseminate knowledge about the plant life and diversity of Turkey and the adjacent countries to the Turkish people, and ultimately to the world. This started through a series of scientific and educational activities and training a group of botanical illustrators. As a first step towards achieving our core aim of writing a Resimli Türkiye Florası (RTF) [A new Illustrated Flora of Turkey] in Turkish, in 2012 Turkey Bitkileri Listesi: Damarli Bitkiler, [A Checklist of the Flora of Turkey: Vascular Plants] was published. This collaborative project involved a linguist and many botanists collecting vernacular Turkish plant names and suggesting a unique Turkish name for each taxa. Following this main initial step, an editorial team was formed to prepare Resimli Türkiye Florası (RTF ), [Illustrated Flora of Turkey] and Tuna Ekim was the editor of Volume 1 published in 2015. Volumes 2 to 5 are in now in progress. Meanwhile similar teams with the same goals commenced for Bryophytes, Fungi, Lichens, Algae and Bacteria (as previously all belonging to the plant kingdom). The Checklists of Bryophytes and Lichens are in press and due to be published by the end of 2016 and the Fungi and Algae Checklists will be published in 2017 along with Volume 2 of RTF. Floras of Bryophytes, Fungi, Lichens and Algae will be prepared following the publication of their respective Checklists. In 2014 under the editorship of Prof. Dr. Ali Kandemir started an open access, peer reviewed electronic botanical magazine “Bağbahçe Bilim”. We have also been working on the dissemination of all this information electronically with currently three active websites: “bizimbitkiler.org.tr”, “bizimcicekler.org.tr”, “tehditaltindabitkiler.org.tr”. Following the publication of Volume 2 of the new Illustrated Flora (RTF) the e-Flora will also be active. In conclusion, Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanik Bahçesi has become the central hub for floristic study and the dissemination of information on plant diversity to Turkish people.