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.

Free Zoom Backgrounds

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 BSA is looking for a mission-driven person with vision, dedication, and a desire to lead a young and growing plant methods journal to be the next Editor-in-Chief of Applications in Plant Sciences. Apply or nominate someone else today! Deadline for nominations: October 8, 2021; deadline for applications: November 12, 2021. To find out more, click here.


"Learning to Write Your Story Well"
"Getting Your Paper Published: An Editor's Perspective"

To access recordings click here.

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!

Books for Review

Click here to volunteer or see all books.
Luschiim’s Plants: Traditional Indigenous Food, Materials and Medicines
Charlie, Luschiim Arvid and Nancy J. Turner. 2021. ISBN: 9781550179453. (Paperback US$29.95). 288 pp. Harbour Publishing.
Lichen Field Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States
Strawn, Sheila A. 2021 ISBN: 978-1-889878-62-1. (hardcover US$30). 131 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.