The Herbarium Museum Unique to Cyprus will be opened in April with 7 Thousand Materials

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Added On: 29 March 2019, Friday, 11:27
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The Herbarium Museum Unique to Cyprus will be opened in April with 7 Thousand Materials
The Herbarium Museum with 7 Thousand Materials is to be opened in April.

As a result of 18 years of hard work to collect 7 thousand plants and living organisms, the Near East University Herbarium Museum is to be opened in April.
Subsequent to acquiring the necessary legal approvals, the Herbarium Centre of Near East University is being converted into a museum with Prof. Dr. Salih Gücel as Founding Chair; as a result of 18n years of work involving the scientific collection and preservation of plant samples.

According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the Herbarium Museum will be functional in terms of being a centre for training and research and recently, all the paper work required for legal authorisation of the museum has been completed. Thus, it was announced that the Museum is to be opened in April and 7 thousand different plants, mushrooms, seaweed and living organisms will be put on display. Furthermore, it was pointed out that the Herbarium Museum is to be positioned at the Near East University faculty of Pharmacy building.

It is to have the largest collection with 140 items unique to Cyprus and 19 species unique to Northern Cyprus…
The museum will hold significance based on research conducted on the environment and will comprise 7 thousand of the 15-16thousand different species of plants in Cyprus. Furthermore, 140 species unique to Cyprus and 19 species found on the Beşparmak Mountains are also available at the museum.

The Herbarium Museum is cooperating with other centres in Turkey and around the world and is also exchanging plants during research. The museum, which carries the Ethnobotanical studies as well as the way the Cypriots’ use of plants, also includes examples of the plant species used in the gourd and sesta-basket making.

Comprehensive studies have been conducted on 106 Mushrooms and 250 Alga…
The Herbarium Museum, which mainly works on flowering plants, also supported the first comprehensive study on fungi in Cyprus. As a result of the studies, 106 different types of mushrooms belonging to 3 different groups were obtained within the museum. TUBITAK project in cooperation with a university in Turkey, which is carrying out a study on algae seaweed museum has collected 250 alga. The museum has been conducting studies in cooperation with the European Union and TUBITAK, as well as the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey.

A New Spider Species unique to Cyprus has been discovered…
In addition to plant research, studies were also initiated to gather other living groups in the Herbarium Museum. As a result of research carried out on snakes, reptiles and insect groups, a new spider species belonging to the Dysderidae family was discovered during the field work in the forest and shrub areas in the Beşparmak Mountains. The newly discovered species was named `Harpactea günselorum`. The new spider registered as a new species in Zoobank. The museum also features 13 reptile species.

To be transferred to the building allocated to the NEU Faculty of Pharmacy …
The Herbarium Museum, which is an essential resource for the researchers who will conduct research on biology, medicine, pharmacy, agriculture, forest and many more, will be opened at the newly allocated site at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Near East University.

The Museum that hosts Plants and Live Species will be opened in April…
It was announced that the Herbarium Museum will be available especially for those who need to examine species in the field of botanic and will open its doors to visitors after approval of the required museum permit. A large number of plant samples, living species, algae and fungus species, will be included in the herbarium; all ready for the service of researchers, plant collectors, students and scientists who work in the field to shed light on certain issues.

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