The Botanical Society of America

Our Mission: To inspire and promote an inclusive global community committed to advancing fundamental knowledge and innovation in the botanical sciences for the benefit of people and the environment.

BSA Strategic PlanStrategic Priorities

Human Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
Research and Scholarly Excellence 
Organizational Impact and Visibility 
Professional Development

To see the BSA Strategic Plan click here (PDF).

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.

To provide feedback to the Society on ways we can make improvements in relation to DEI, please use this form.

BSA Spotlight Series

The BSA Spotlight Series highlights early career scientists in the BSA community and shares both scientific goals and achievements, as well as personal interests of the botanical scientists, so you can get to know your BSA community better.

Click here to visit the BSA Spotlight Series hompage.

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Botany360 is a community event calendar that highlights events happening during the 360 days outside of the Botany Conferences. The goal of this program is to connect the plant science community throughout the year with professional development, discussion sessions, and networking and social opportunities. Recordings to some events will be available on the Botany360 webpage.

Botany360 Calendar Thumbnail  To see the event calendar click here

  Do you want your event to be on the Botany360 calendar?
  Email for more information.

Society Publications & Research Journals

Find Out if You Are Eligible to Publish Your Work Open Access for Free!

Application Deadline: April 5, 2024

The Botanical Society of America (BSA) is soliciting applications for two individuals, to serve in the positions of Editor-in-Chief for two of its premier publications: the American Journal of Botany (AJB) and the Plant Science Bulletin (PSB).

To learn more about each position description, click here for AJB (PDF) and click here for PSB (PDF).

“Understanding novel fire regimes using plant trait-based approaches”
Proposal Submission Deadline EXTENDED: March 10, 2024

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the American Journal of Botany, “Understanding novel fire regimes using plant trait-based approaches.” This special issue aims to showcase studies using trait-based approaches to understand fire–plant dynamics from evolutionary, ecological, organismal, physiological, fire management, and conservation perspectives. We welcome studies using a diversity of approaches, including experiments, field studies, restoration projects, syntheses, and reviews. Given that altered fire regimes are global phenomena, we strive for a special issue with a global perspective.

Click here for more information (or click here for a PDF).

“Advances in analyzing and engineering plant metabolic diversity”
Proposal submission deadline: April 8, 2024

Applications in Plant Sciences (APPS) is accepting proposals for a special issue: “Advances in analyzing and engineering plant metabolic diversity.” This special issue aims to highlight the breadth of cutting-edge approaches used for unraveling the diversity, function, evolution, and engineering of plant metabolism. We welcome submissions of new methods, toolkits, and software, as well as review articles that critically evaluate and compare existing approaches.

Click here for more information (or click here for a PDF).


PlantingScience is a free online resource to teachers and schools. The program provides volunteer scientists, resources, and activities to support innovation in teaching, learning, and mentoring. To learn more, or to get involved, click here.

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Books for Review

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Luschiim’s Plants: Traditional Indigenous Food, Materials and Medicines
Charlie, Luschiim Arvid and Nancy J. Turner. 2021. ISBN: 9781550179453. (Paperback US$29.95). 288 pp. Harbour Publishing.
Tropical Arctic: Lost Plants, Future Climates, and the Discovery of Ancient Greenland
McElwain, Jennifer C., Marlene Hill Donnelly, and Ian J. Glasspool. 2021. ISBN: 978-0-226-53443-5. (Cloth US$30). 144 pp. University of Chicago Press
Things to do with Plants: 50 ways to connect with the botanical world
Crawford, Emma. 2022. ISBN: 978 1 84246 779 4. (Paper US$25). 168 pp. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.