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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Abstract submission deadline is April 15.  
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BSA Spotlight Series
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Society Publications & Research Journals

 and APPS 
"Approaches to the Study of Quantitative Fitness-Related Traits"

A primary goal of the AJB special issue is to highlight the potential for the study of pedigreed and randomly sampled populations to detect the potential for selection to cause evolutionary change in quantitative functional traits and in mean individual fitness. For APPS, the goal is to highlight newly developed, innovative tools and protocols used in the study of quantitative traits.

Deadline for proposals is April 30, 2021. Click here for more information.


"Advances, Applications, and Prospects in Aquatic Botany"

The goal of this APPS special issue is to provide an overview of the current methods and challenges in investigating both marine and freshwater systems. Manuscripts should highlight novel methodologies (and their application within the context of a larger study), software, genomic or ecological resources, or reviews.

Deadline for proposals is April 16, 2021. Click here for more information.


"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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Books for Review

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Will Purdom: Agitator, plant-hunter, forester
Gordon, Francis. 2021. ISBN: 978-910877-37-1. (Hardback £18.99). 251 pp. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Field Guide to the Trees of the Gila Region of New Mexico
Felger, Richard Stephen, James Thomas Verrier, Kelly Kindscher, and Xavier Raj Herbst Khera. 2021. ISBN: 978-0-8263-6237-7. (Paper US$24.95) 272 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.