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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BSA Spotlight Series
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Thank you to everyone who came to Botany 2021 - Virtual! We have included the beautiful Anchorage, Alaska and Boise, Idaho Zoom Backgrounds on our BSA Zoom Backgrounds Page. Simply visit the page, click on the image that you want and a larger image will load. Download that image for a perfect zoom background.

Society Publications & Research Journals



The American Journal of Botany (AJB) and Applications in Plant Sciences (APPS) are looking to expand their editorial boards. Learn more and apply today! Deadline for applications is July 30, 2021.


"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.
Drosera of the New Jersey Pinelands, U.S.A
Liu, Alvin and Daniel DiPietro. 2020. ISBN: 978-1889878-56-0. (paper US$35) 170 pp. BRIT Press.
Descent and Logic in Biosystematics
McCabe, Thomas. 2021. ISBN: 978-0-578-75848-0. (Electronic book, PDF format). 130 pp. Perseverant Publishing.