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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Plant Biology Department: Organizations

A guide for those in the School of Integrative Biology. After using this guide, students in Plant Biology will be able to locate resources relevant to their field of study.

UIUC Groups & Associations

The Green Observer is an RSO dedicated to publishing Illinois' only environmental magazine. They print two issues per semester and strive for objective reporting on environmental issues impacting students and students’ impact on the environment.

The Plant Biology Association of Graduate Students is a student-led group focused on supporting graduate student life and development. They organize departmental colloquiums and poster sessions throughout the year, and also support graduate student social life with their famous annual chili cook-off, happy hours, and field trips.

Red Bison is a student organization focused on restoring natural areas on and near campus. Activities include planting native plants, removing invasive species, and creating landscapes to maintain biological diversity around campus and build our community's ties to nature. 


Professional Groups & Associations

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is a professional society devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences. ASPB involvements include publishing several journals, higher education grant programs, and political advocacy.

The American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) is an organization dedicated to foster, encourage, and promote education and research in the field of plant taxonomy, to include those areas and fields of study that contribute to and bear upon taxonomy and herbaria. Involvements include publishing several journals, undergraduate and graduate grants, professional opportunities, and open-access learning materials.

The American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS) is an organization devoted to the scientific study of all aspects of the biology of bryophytes and lichen-forming fungi and is one of the nation's oldest botanical organizations. Membership is open to all persons (professionals and amateurs) with interest in these organisms.

The American Fern Society promotes interest in the cultivation, conservation, and study of ferns through publications, and other resources.

The American Phytopathological Society (APS) works with a variety of stakeholders on agricultural, food safety, and food security issues. APS also provides scientific input on public policy issues to federal policy makers and agency personnel and works with other scientific organizations and coalitions to increase the awareness of the science of plant pathology and​ advocate for increases in agricultural re​search funding.​

The Botanical Society of America (BSA) is the professional home for botanists and plant scientists. BSA's main area of expertise is in supporting professional botanists and their students, as well as encouraging K-12 teachers, community college educators, affiliated professionals and amateurs as members who can benefit from what we have to offer. 

The International Society of Phylogenetic Nomenclature encourages the development and use of phylogenetic nomenclature and oversees the implementation of a code of rules to govern phylogenetic nomenclature known as the PhyloCode. Open to anyone.

The International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT) is a non-profit organization founded to promote, support and facilitate taxonomic, systematic and nomenclatural research into algae, fungi and plants.​ Involvements include publications, and a virtual symposia.