Botanical Society of Scotland

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The Botanical Society of Scotland (BSS) is the national learned society for botanists of Scotland. It was founded in 1836 as the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, changing its name in 1991, and incorporates the Cryptogamic Society of Scotland, founded in 1875.[1] The Botanical Society of Scotland has been a charity registered in Scotland since 19 February 1918, and became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) (No. SC016283) on 15 April 2014.

The Society's activities[2] include lectures (mainly held in Edinburgh, but also in other Scottish cities), symposia, field excursions, field projects and an annual exhibition meeting (held jointly with the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland) for exchange of information between botanists working in different areas.

The Society is closely linked to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Scottish universities.[3]


The Botanical Society of Edinburgh published its first journal, Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, from 1844 to 1990. This was replaced with the Botanical Journal of Scotland in 1991 to reflect the change of the society's name to "The Botanical Society of Scotland" in the same year. Botanical Journal of Scotland was in turn replaced by Plant Ecology and Diversity in 2008,[4] to give the journal a wider international appeal. Plant Ecology and Diversity was accepted for inclusion in Scopus in 2010 and it received its first impact factor, 2.053, in 2011.

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  1. ^ Watling, R. (1986). "150 Years of paddock stools: A history of agaric ecology and floristics in Scotland". Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh 45: 1–42. doi:10.1080/03746608608685403.  edit
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  3. ^ "About the BSS". Botanical Society of Scotland. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Plant Ecology & Diversity". Taylor & Francis Website. Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 

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