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Faculties > Agriculture

Faculty of Agriculture

Agriculture  (09-11-2002)

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Origin of the Faculty of Agriculture of Ankara University goes back to the establishment of the “Institute of Technology for Agriculture” in 1933, the nation’s first and most advanced center for agricultural education and research at the time. The Institute continued its activity with Agriculture, Agricultural Technology, Forestry, Science and Veterinary Medicine Faculties until 1948. Then Faculty of Agricultural Technology united with the Faculty of Agriculture, and placed under the administration of Ankara University which had been established in 1946. Since its inception the Faculty of Agriculture has continued to play an important role in the overall development of agricultural technology and practice in the country, providing the nation with highly qualified agricultural experts and scientists. Until 1955, the Faculty of Agriculture was the only institution of agriculture for the nation. Since then the Faculty has played a vital role as a “mother" faculty in founding of the faculties of agriculture at the following universities: Ege University, Atatürk University, Çukurova and Uludağ University.

Number of graduates from the Faculty of Agriculture has reached about 16.000, many with MSc and PhD degrees. Its academic staff has authored the publication of about 600 books and thousand of papers and reviews since its establishment.

Today the Faculty of Agriculture continues to provide top quality research and education both in undergraduate and graduate level. Its campus area houses modern lecture halls, laboratories, libraries, social facilities, sports centers, research and practice plots.


The Department of Agricultural Economics is composed of two subdivisions, Agricultural Management and Agricultural Policy and Extension. The department seeks solutions for agricultural problems through using basic principles of economic science. Theoretical and practical education is given and research studies are conducted in the department on planning, administration, financing, accounting, management, marketing, agricultural cooperatives, agricultural law, agricultural policy, rural sociology, and agricultural extension.


Education and research related to agricultural machinery and use of energy in agriculture are the subjects of main interest of this Department. The objectives of the Department can be summarized as; to conduct research and provide high quality education in agricultural mechanization and in use of energy to meet the requirements of the modern agricultural and industrial community, training of qualified engineers and scientists, and facilitating work in farming. In rural electrification, wind and solar energy technologies are the main subjects which are given special emphasis.


The Department of Agronomy offers a theoretical and practical education and conducts research on the growth, production, and breeding of cereals and edible legumes, industrial crops, and meadow and forage plants.


The Department of Animal Science consists of three subdivisions: Animal Husbandry, Feed and Animal Nutrition, and Biometry and Genetics. The Department offers a theoretical and practical education and conducts research on the breeding, nutrition, and fertility of small and large ruminants. Moreover it actively conducts laboratory studies aimed at obtaining new information on animal nutrition and feed process technology to the related sector. The Biometry and Genetics subdivision assists not only students but also researchers from both Faculty of Agriculture and other faculties. A genetics laboratory which is in the same unit conducts diverse research projects on population genetics and molecular genetics.


The Department of Dairy Technology provides both theoretical and practical grounding (including research programs) and education in the following areas: preservation of milk; dairy chemistry and biochemistry; technology of milk products such as cheese, yogurt, butter, fluid milk, dried milk and ice cream; quality control of milk and milk products; utilization of milk by-products; and establishment and organization of dairy plants.


Graduates of this program apply engineering principles to the problems of agricultural production and storage, irrigation and drainage. Agricultural Engineering is unique in that it requires a general understanding of biological and agricultural sciences, plus a thorough knowledge of basic and applied engineering.

The curriculum includes courses on basic sciences, engineering, economics, general agriculture, the mechanics of solids and fluids; engineering materials, design of irrigation, drainage and farm structure systems, land consolidation, rural settlement, domestic water supply, rural roads and computer applications. The department has following two broad areas of specialization: Irrigation and Drainage, Structures and Environments.


The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture offers both theoretical and practical study for undergraduate and graduate students in the following disciplines: aquatic ecology (including limnology and oceanography), ichthyology, fishery biology, fish breeding, population dynamics, shellfish and fish culture, water pollution and control, fisheries law, netting material and net construction, fishing techniques, fish diseases, fishery management, and many other fields of study.


The Department of Horticulture provides education in the theory and practice, and conducts research in the following disciplines: cultivation techniques, production, propagation, breeding, harvest and postharvest technologies, plant physiology, plant biology, postharvest physiology of horticultural crops. In particular the emphasis of the department is directed toward study which benefits the region of Central Anatolia.


The Department of Landscape Architecture deals with rational use of natural and cultural resources, creating better and more beautiful environment, conservation and the maintenance of unique values.

Planning and design principles in landscape architecture, recreational planning, landscape ecology; afforestation, environmental considerations and problems, town and country planning and plant material are the subjects of special emphasis.

In addition to teaching and research activities, the Department of Landscape Architecture offers consulting, planning, design and application in landscaping services. These activities provide the department with a leading role in creating well designed areas of superb quality and also create attractive employment opportunities for young professionals.


The Department of Plant Protection is composed of two subdivisions, Entomology and Phytopathology. The department provides theoretical and practical education and conducts research in biology, bioecology, and host-pathogen interactions of harmful insects, mites, nematodes, pathogenic fungi, bacteria, viruses and weeds. It studies ways to control plant pests whether the means are chemical, biological, mechanical or physical. It also studies the effect of plant protection activities on the environment and on human health.


The primary focus of the department is on soil science and plant nutrition. The department offers a theoretical and practical education and conducts research on soil formation; characterization, classification, survey and mapping, and determination of physical, chemical, biological and mineralogical properties of soils; soil-water-plant relationships; soil mechanics and technology; formation and properties of soil organic material and plant nutrients; soil conservation; soil reclamation and conditioning; environmental pollution; soil fertility, plant nutrition and fertilization; plant physiology; experimental techniques in the field and greenhouse; analysis techniques in the laboratory; soil management; and study of the soils and water of Turkey.

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