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.

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Society Publications & Research Journals


APPS SPECIAL ISSUE CALL FOR PAPERS: "Methodologies in Gametophyte Biology"

We’re excited to announce a call for papers for a special issue of Applications in Plant Sciences (APPS), “Methodologies in Gametophyte Biology.” For most taxa, the gametophytic life stage has been studied less extensively than its sporophytic counterpart. Yet, among all land plants, the gametophyte is equally important, if not more so, than the sporophyte, as it is the stage in which fertilization occurs. Therefore, the goal of this APPS special issue is to highlight novel advances in gametophyte biology, including novel methodologies, software, genomic or ecological resources, or reviews.

The issue is being organized by guest editors Sally Chambers (Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, USA), Jerald Pinson (University of Florida, USA), and Susann Wicke (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany).

Click here for more information.

BSA Writing Webinars & Discussions - Recordings Now Available!

BSA is proud to have offered two free writing webinars and discussions in October, "Learning to Write Your Story Well', by Dr. Theresa Cully, Editor-in-Chief of Applications in Plant Sciences, and "Getting Your Paper Published: An Editor's Perspective", by Dr. Pamela Diggle, Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Botany. For more information about the webinars and discussions, and to access the recordings, click here


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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
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.
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.