Act no. 5042 pertaining to the protection of breeder’s rights on new plant varieties was put into effect on January 15, 2004. Upon adoption of this new protection type on November 18, 2007, Turkey became the 65th member of UPOV.
Under this law, breeders have new financial sources for breeding new, productive and higher quality varieties while trusting that their rights are protected. As of 2008, 48 different plant varieties have been protected in Turkey and applications for 61 plant varieties have been accepted within the framework of this protection. The plant variety in question should be new, distinct, uniform and stable in order to obtain protection.