The Botanical Society of America

The BSA is the professional home for botanists and plant scientists. We support the breadth and diversity of botanical research and education. Our main area of expertise is in supporting professional botanists and their students, and we also encourage K-12 teachers, community college educators, affiliated professionals and amateurs as members who can benefit from what we have to offer. We are a leading Society dedicated to BOTANY and its FUTURE.

Our Mission: To promote botany, the field of basic science dealing with the study and inquiry into the form, function, development, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of plants and their interactions within the biosphere.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Botanical Society of America. Click here to read BSA's 2020 Response to Racism Against our Black Colleagues and Community.  Click here to read our 2021 Statement Against AAPI Racism.

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Botany 2021 - Virtual

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BSA Spotlight Series
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Society Publications & Research Journals

"Meeting the Challenge of Exceptional Plant Conservation: Technologies and Approaches"

The goal of this APPS special issue is to provide an overview of the current methods and challenges in applying seed biology, in vitro methods, and cryobiotechnologies to meet the needs of the ex situ conservation of exceptional species (plant species that cannot be conserved by conventional seedbanking).

Deadline for proposals is June 4, 2021. Click here for more information.

Click here to see all current and past BSA Publications Calls for Papers.



"Learning to Write Your Story Well"
"Getting Your Paper Published: An Editor's Perspective"

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Educational Outreach

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Books for Review

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Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast: The Pacific Northwest and British Columbia
Varner, Collin. 2020. ISBN: 9780295748047 (Paperback US$19.95) 256 pp. University of Washington Press.
The Ecology of Herbal Medicine: A Guide to Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest
Saville, Dara. 2021. ISBN: 978-0-8263-6217-9. (Paper US$24.95) 312 pp. University of New Mexico Press
Himalayan Medicinal Plants: Advances in Botany, Production & Research
Malhotra, Nikhil and Mohar Singh (eds). 2021. ISBN: 978-0-12-823151-7. (Paper US$110.50) 434 pp. Academic Press.