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

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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.

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Society Publications & Research Journals

Synthesis Prize Logo

The American Journal of Botany is launching AJB Synthesis papers and the AJB Synthesis Prize to showcase early-career scientists. 

The new
AJB Synthesis section will feature invited contributions by early-career scientists that concisely summarize and synthesize a focal research area or question. These articles will summarize recent research and provide new insights that advance the field. Contributions may focus on newly emerging areas or provide new perspectives on established areas.  We encourage authors to express a personal perspective, while maintaining a balanced view of the field. All Synthesis papers published in a calendar year will be considered for the AJB Synthesis Prize. 

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“Emerging Methods in Botanical DNA/RNA Extraction”

Applications in Plant Sciences (APPS) is accepting proposals for a special issue: “Emerging methods in botanical DNA/RNA extraction.” This special issue aims to illustrate the current state of knowledge in nucleic acid extractions, key challenges, and creative innovations that have developed to circumvent these challenges and unlock botanical insights.

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“Pollen as the Link Between Phenotype and Fitness”

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for two upcoming companion special issues on pollen transfer and its consequences for plant and pollinator fitness to be published in the Botanical Society of America’s journals, the American Journal of Botany (AJB) and Applications in Plant Sciences (APPS).

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Books for Review

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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
A Systematic Vademecum to the Vascular Plants of Saba
Axelrod, Franklin S. 2021. ISBN: 978-1-889878-58-40. (paperback US$25) 122 pp. BRIT press.