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The article was contributed by Dr. Keziban Yazici and Dr. Oğuz Can Turgay for "Ryokucha vol.48", tea bulletin in Japanese issued by World Green Tea Association. We sincerely appriciate their contribution.

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About the author 

  • Dr. Keziban Yaziciphoto

Dr. Keziban Yazıcı was born on March 25, 1973 in Trabzon. She graduated from the Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture at Ankara University in 1994. She completed her master's degree in 1996-1999 and her doctorate at Akdeniz University between 2000 and 2006. She worked as a researcher at the Western Mediterranean Agricultural Research Institute between 2000 and 2010. In 2013, she started to work as an assistant professor at Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture, and received the title “associate professor” in 2018. She has also been working as the Manager of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Tea and Tea Products Application and Research Center since 2017. She has carried out physiological research and breeding studies on many horticultural crops. As a result of her breeding studies, she developed new fruit varieties. Dr. Yazıcı is currently conducting TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) supported research projects on “Establishing the Tea Plant Gene Pool and Determining Commercial Tea Variety Candidates”. She also carries out projects for sustainable tea cultivation and mutation breeding in tea. She is a member of the Turkish Society for Horticultural Science and  The International Society for Horticultural Science.


  • Dr. Oğuz Can Turgayphoto

Dr. Oğuz Can Turgay was born on Oct 28, 1971 in Ankara. He graduated from the Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University in 1993 and completed his Master’s Degree in the same department. From 1998 to 2002, he has been a Ph. D student supported by Japanese Governmental Scholarship (MEXT), in Niigata University, Japan. In his later career Dr. Turgay had various postdoctoral research and visiting-scientist positions in different universities in Belgium, Japan and United States. He was promoted to assistant professorship in 2012 and full professorship in 2018 in Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University. Dr Turgay is currenty studying and conducting research projects in the fields of Soil Ecology, Soil Pollution and Remediation in relation to agricultural and environmental issues of Turkey. In this regard, one of the recent research interests of Dr. Turgay is increasing soil acidity problem and potential solutions in tea soils located in Black Sea Turkey.  He is a board member of Soil Science Society of Turkey.