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?
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Society Publications & Research Journals

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

Application deadline: July 1, 2024
Term starts September 1, 2024

The APPS Reviewing Editor board provides a singular experience that helps developing scientists gain a behind-the-scenes understanding of the editorial and publication processes. Reviewing Editors serve a two-year term, during which they are mentored by APPS Editorial Board members and receive hands-on experience in the editorial and peer-review processes. Post-doctoral researchers and graduate students who have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy are eligible to apply.

Interested? More information is available by clicking here.

“Quantifying plant and fungal dispersal: New methods from multiple disciplines”
Proposal submission deadline: June 24, 2024

Applications in Plant Sciences (APPS) is accepting proposals for a special issue: “Quantifying plant and fungal dispersal: New methods from multiple disciplines.” Dispersal is a key process in ecology, evolution, and conservation, but is a complex process that is difficult to measure. This special issue will highlight new approaches, tools, databases, and software for measuring plant and fungal dispersal, covering multiple disciplinary perspectives and across space, time, and levels of biological organization.

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

“Branching out: Resolving plant evolution through phylogenetic networks”
Proposal submission deadline: August 26, 2024

Phylogenetic networks are increasingly used to explain difficult relationships in the plant tree of life, facilitated by the rapid development of network models and bioinformatics tools over the past decade. However, most existing models are agnostic to key features of plant biology (e.g., polyploidy, reproductive mechanisms), which creates a pressing need to develop new approaches and evaluate the robustness of state-of-the-art methods to exciting challenges in plant evolution. This special issue will highlight methods, tools, databases, and software for investigating patterns of reticulate evolution that can be applied to or make specific considerations for plants.

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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Tidal Marshes of Long Island, New York.
Potente, John E (ed). 2022. ISSN: 22380 128x. (Hardback) Memoirs of the Torrey Botanical Society Vol 26. 4th edition. 171 pp. Torrey Botanical Society.
A Splendor of Succulents and Cacti
Ball, Caroline. 2023. ISBN: 9781851245970 (cloth, US$25). 144 pp. Bodleian Library Publishing
Isolated Wonder: A Scientist in the Robinson Crusoe Islands
Stuessy, Tod F. 2024. ISBN: 978-1-935641-28-5. (Paper US$30). 312 pp. Missouri Botanical Garden Press.