EDTU Herbarium is established at 1983 at Trakya University Department of Biology under the presidency of Prof. Dr. Husnu DEMIRIZ who is one of the lecturers of the Istanbul University Faculty of Science Botanic USA. Head of Department of Botanic, Dr. Goksel OLGUN and expert Feruzan DANE have participated in the establishment studies. Dr. Neriman OZHATAY has also joined the studies later. The aim of the establishment of Herbarium is primarily to collect the plants of Trakya - which has a rich flora - included in the A1(E)-A2 (E) square areas at the EDTU Herbarium and to present the flora richness of our country to students and the public. Besides, the preservation of the extincting plant, determination and protection of the economically and in other means beneficial plants are among our objectives. In this scope there is traffic of information between Herbariums in our country and the ones abroad. The field works have been carried on by the Botanic Department personnel and the master students by collecting plants. Later, these samples have been turned into herbarium material. In the continuation of the study, Dr Husnu DEMIRIZ, who is not with us now, has made field trips with Dr. Baki KASAPLIGIL from University of California (Berkeley) at intervals, have collected many taxa's samples and brought in to the Herbarium. In addition, a Fungus Herbarium was established with the mushrooms collected and determined at studies of Res. Assistant Ahmet ASAN, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fahrettin GUCIN and Dr. Georgi STOJCHEV.
Between 1988-1994, Dr. Feruzan DANE, between 1995-1998 Dr. Celal YARCI, between 1999-2003, performed their duties as the responsible people. Under the responsibility of Dr. Hayati ARDA, herbarium has been revised by Dr. Mehmet AYBEKE, Dr. Necmettin Guler and Laborant Huseyin ERSOY. Since 2007 Sept. Assist. Prof. Dr. Mehmet AYBEKE have been head of Herbarium.
In the herbarium, the plants which have been collected at the field studies are being preserved at the herbarium cupboards, after the preparation process. These studies have been performed at the herbarium which consists of two parts. One laboratory is being used for the preparation of the plants brought from the field. Other part of the herbarium contains the cupboards used for preserving the plants. There are instruments like the deep freeze used at the preparation process, the binocular dissection microscope and light microscope at the herbarium.
Botanic garden is being established on a 12.000 meter square area at back part of the Biology Building which has been moved tot the Gullapoglu Campus at 1998. For this purpose the structure of the earth of the area has been improved primarily and an irrigation system was set up. Then, forestation of 10.000 meter square part of the area started. 450 young trees have been planted by our students on this area. The growth of these trees is being supplied by maintaining and watering. 200 meter square part of the garden was arranged as the experiment garden. On this area, 24 experiment parcels have been made. On these parcels, the plants which the lecturers have studied and the ones which have been used as a laboratory material have been planted. At 2006, this garden has been turned into a green field. It is targeted to construct the botanic garden on this area at 2008.
Glass greenhouse is contained in the botanic garden. The greenhouse which has an area of 25 meter square is being heated by central heating. In this greenhouse, the experiment plants of the lecturers or the education staff, laboratory material plant and the decoration plants are being grown.
1Botanic Department established at 1982 is carrying on studies under the Department of Biology. The department which is at the Aysekadin Campus till 1998 consisted of just a small botanic garden, a small greenhouse, a student Botanic laboratory and an Herbarium. In this building, the Botanic laboratory and the Herbarium were at the same saloon. When the Biology Department has moved to the Gullapoglu Campus after 1998, the number of students and the research laboratories belonging to the department has increased. In this building, there exists a Systematic Research Laboratory, Cell Biology Laboratory in which caryological studies are conducted, Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory and a Herbarium room. After the drying process of the plants collected from the field, diagnosis studies and the registration to Herbarium is completed at the Systematic Research Laboratory, the plants are transformed into collection material form and preserved at the herbarium.