about me

Kaan HÜRKAN

Biologist, PhD Student

I am interested in molecular phylogeny and molecular barcoding of Turkish orchids.  Turkey has probably the richest orchid flora in the Mediterranean with almost 190 taxa, yet greatly threatened by “salep” collection, over – grazing and habitat loss. Therefore, there is an urgent need to design modern conservation strategies as possible to make it use in the protection of this thrilling plant group.

Orchids are the most evolved group of flowering plants with 25.000 taxa and more than 10.000 hybrids among world. Floral characteristics are highly important for taxonomy studies. Having short fragment sequences of DNA, provide us invaluable information about taxonomy and the evolutionary history of orchids.

My main goal is generating a National Barcode Database of Turkish orchids to use it for revealing and conserving the natural orchid diversity of Turkey.

 

My Current Works

 

Project Name Foundation Budget Period Task Project Type
DETERMINATION OF MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETIC PROPERTIES OF ORCHIS ANATOLICA BOISS. AND ORCHIS TRIDENTATA SCOPOLI (ORCHIDACEAE) TAXA USING THE TECHNIQUE OF DNA SEQUENCING Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University   4000 ₺ 01.01.2010-01.01.2011 Researcher  Commercial 
Collecting Comprehensive Data for the Conservation of Turkish Orchids  The Rufford Foundation  4700 €  01.09.2013-01.11.2014 Coordinator /Researcher  International 
Collecting Comprehensive Orchid Herbarium Data for Conservation  Synthesys  5000 €  01.01.2014-31.05.2014 Coordinator /Researcher International
Characterization of Vitamin E Biosynthesis Genes on Olea  TÜBİTAK 10000 €  15.08.2013-15.08.2014 Scholaship holder  National 

 

Molecular phylogenetics and evolution of Anacamptis palustris (Orchidaceae) group. In collaboration with of Dr. Molnár V. Attila and Dr. Srámko Gábor (Botany Department, University of Debrecen HUNGARY. 

  • Molecular phylogenetics and hybridisation of Himantoglossum taxa (Orchidaceae) in Turkey. In collaboration with of Dr. Molnár V. Attila and Dr. Srámko Gábor (Botany Department, University of Debrecen HUNGARY.
  • Molecular phylogenetics and incomplete lineage sorting of nrITS in Neotinea tridentata (Orchidaceae) group. In collaboration with of Dr. Molnár V. Attila and Dr. Srámko Gábor (Botany Department, University of Debrecen HUNGARY.

 

MSc Thesis Title

Determination of Molecular Phylogenetic Properties of Orchis anatolica Boiss. And Orchis tridentata Scopoli (Orchidaceae) Taxa Using the Technique of DNA Sequencing

 

PhD Thesis Title

Phylogeographic Structure within the Closely Related Species Neotinea ustulata and Neotinea tridentata

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