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.

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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.

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Society Publications & Research Journals

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2024 AJB Synthesis papers and the AJB Synthesis Prize
Application Deadline: February 16, 2024

The American Journal of Botany welcomes applications for our 2024 AJB Synthesis papers and the AJB Synthesis Prize to showcase early-career scientists.

The AJB Synthesis section features invited contributions by early-career scientists that concisely summarize and synthesize a focal research area or question. These articles summarize recent research and provide new insights that advance the field. Contributions focus on newly emerging areas or provide new perspectives on established areas. Authors are encouraged to express a personal perspective, while maintaining a balanced view of the field. Syntheses should be single authored, no longer than 3,000 words, written so they are accessible to the broad readership of the journal, and have informative and creative visuals. All Synthesis papers accepted for publication and published in fall 2024 through spring 2025 will be considered for the AJB Synthesis Prize.

Consideration for the AJB Synthesis Prize: All Synthesis papers that are accepted for publication will be evaluated by a panel of judges, and one paper will be selected for the AJB Synthesis prize. The author whose paper is selected will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize.

Applications are due 16 February 2024.

For full information, click here.

“Understanding novel fire regimes using plant trait-based approaches”
Proposal Submission Deadline: March 1, 2024

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the American Journal of Botany, “Understanding novel fire regimes using plant trait-based approaches.” This special issue aims to showcase studies using trait-based approaches to understand fire–plant dynamics from evolutionary, ecological, organismal, physiological, fire management, and conservation perspectives. We welcome studies using a diversity of approaches, including experiments, field studies, restoration projects, syntheses, and reviews. Given that altered fire regimes are global phenomena, we strive for a special issue with a global perspective.

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

“Advances in analyzing and engineering plant metabolic diversity”
Proposal submission deadline: April 8, 2024

Applications in Plant Sciences (APPS) is accepting proposals for a special issue: “Advances in analyzing and engineering plant metabolic diversity.” This special issue aims to highlight the breadth of cutting-edge approaches used for unraveling the diversity, function, evolution, and engineering of plant metabolism. We welcome submissions of new methods, toolkits, and software, as well as review articles that critically evaluate and compare existing approaches.

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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Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition
Lesica, Peter with Contributions by Matt Lavin and Peter F. Stickney. 2022. ISBN-13: 978-1-889878-87-4. (flex binding US$65). 729 pp. BRIT 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.
Tropical Arctic: Lost Plants, Future Climates, and the Discovery of Ancient Greenland
McElwain, Jennifer C., Marlene Hill Donnelly, and Ian J. Glasspool. 2021. ISBN: 978-0-226-53443-5. (Cloth US$30). 144 pp. University of Chicago Press