TEMA, The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats

Project Duration

January 2012 - December 2014


The aim of the project is to establish a clone park with 1,000 saplings produced from at least 100 clones to be produced by grafting from vaccination pencils taken from gum trees in different areas in order to protect the genetic diversity of the gum trees (Pistacia lentiscus var. Chia), which are only found in Izmir-Çeşme region in our country, most of which are old and under urbanization pressure due to the opening of the lands where they are located to construction.

Activities Realized in the Project

1,104 grafted gum tree saplings were produced in the nursery environment with the vaccine pencils taken from the drop gum trees called smart gum trees in the Çeşme region. The produced saplings were planted in the clone park area, which is a forest land, in accordance with the clone park planting pattern envisaged in the project at the end of each year, thus 1,104 saplings were planted. Throughout the project, the saplings were irrigated and maintained with drip irrigation facilities. As of the end of 2016, there are 935 living saplings produced from 124 clones, of which 108 are male and 16 are female. The Clone Park area was handed over to the General Directorate of Forestry in 2017 following the completion of the project. It is managed as a clone park by the Forest Trees and Seeds Breeding Research Institute of the General Directorate of Forestry.