The Botanical Society of America

The BSA is a home for ALL 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, but we also encourage our K-12 teachers, community college educators, affiliated professionals and amateurs members who 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.


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For the Botany Conference statement on COVID-19 click here.


Society Publications & Research Journals

We are excited to announce a call for papers for two upcoming companion special issues to be published in the Botanical Society of America’s journals, the American Journal of Botany (AJB) and Applications in Plant Sciences (APPS). “Exploring the Potential of Angiosperms353, a Universal Toolkit for Flowering Plant Phylogenomics” will delve into the possibilities of this novel phylogenomic toolkit for target sequence capture in flowering plants. The universal nature of Angiosperms353 is creating new opportunities for systematists and evolutionary biologists, improving access to challenging molecular techniques and engendering cross-community collaboration. We are keen to share the many ways in which the toolkit is already being used, to celebrate new discoveries, and to better understand its properties and limitations.

These special issues are being organized by AJB Guest Editors Bill Baker and Felix Forest (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK), Lisa Pokorny (CBGP UPM-INIA, Spain), Steven Dodsworth (University of Bedfordshire, UK), Jennifer Tate (Massey University, NZ), and Sean Graham (University of British Columbia, Canada); and by APPS Guest Editors Susann Wicke (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany), Angela McDonnell and Norm Wickett (Chicago Botanic Garden, USA), and Matt Johnson (Texas Tech University, USA).

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Educational Outreach



Want to make a difference in the classroom without setting foot in the classroom? Join PlantingScience to participate in online mentoring of 6-12 grade students around the world!

Fall 2019 session was a great success, see the great work of the students and mentors in the Star Project Gallery.


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Books for Review

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Flora of Florida Volume V: Dicotyledons, Gisekiaceae through Boraginaceae
Wunderlin, Richard, Bruce F. Hansen, and Alan R. Franck. 2018. ISBN: 9780813056791. (Hardback US$69.95). 320 pp. University Press of Florida
A Naturalist Guide to the Plant Communities of Pacific Northwest Dune Forests and Wetlands
Poinar Jr. George. 2019. ISBN: 978-18889878-54-6. (soft cover US$25). 341 pp. Botanical Research Institute of Texas Press
Achieving sustainable cultivation of temperate zone tree fruits and berries Volume 1
Lang, Gregory (ed.) 2019. ISBN-13: 9781786762085. (Hardback £140) 520 pp. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.