Botanical Society of Scotland

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The Botanical Society of Scotland (BSS) is the national learned society for botanists of Scotland. The Society's aims are to advance knowledge and appreciation of flowering and cryptogamic plants, algae and fungi. The Society's activities[1] 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. Its publications include a twice-yearly newsletter, BSS News, and a scientific journal, Plant Ecology & Diversity. The society is closely linked to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Scottish universities.[2]


It was founded on 8 February 1836 as the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, its founding members included Prof Edward Forbes, Prof John Hutton Balfour abd Dr Richard Parnell.[3]

It changed its name in 1991, and incorporates the Cryptogamic Society of Scotland, founded in 1875.[4] 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 Botanical Society of Edinburgh published its first journal, Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, from 1844 to 1990. In 1991, this was replaced with Botanical Journal of Scotland, published by Edinburgh University Press, to reflect the change of the society's name to "Botanical Society of Scotland" in the same year. In 2008, to give the journal an international appeal, Botanical Journal of Scotland was in turn replaced by Plant Ecology and Diversity, published by Taylor & Francis.[5] 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. ^ "Activities". Botanical Society of Scotland. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "About the BSS". Botanical Society of Scotland. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
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  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Plant Ecology & Diversity". Taylor & Francis Website. Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 

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