The Society for Ethnobotany

Fostering research and education on the past, present, and future uses of plants by people.



In a 1958 essay at the conference which was to found the formerly named Society for Economic Botany, David J. Rogers wrote, "A current viewpoint is that economic botany should concern itself with basic botanical, phytochemical and ethnological studies of plants known to be useful or those which may have potential uses so far underdeveloped. Economic botany is, then, a composite of those sciences working specifically with plants of importance to [people]." Ethnobotany is a growing field which emphasizes plants in the context of the anthropological sciences. Some would say that science is what scientists do, perhaps the best definition of Ethnobotany is found in the work presented in our journal and at annual meetings of the Society.

Our publication, ECONOMIC BOTANY, was founded in 1947 by Edmund H. Fulling at the New York Botanical Garden. William J. Robbins, then Director of the Garden, wrote in the first issue that this new botanical magazine would ";....serve as a common meeting place for botanists interested primarily in fundamental principles and others who are concerned with economic applications of those principles and with the industrial utilization of plants and plant products."

ECONOMIC BOTANY, is a quarterly international journal devoted to the publication of original research, review papers, historical studies, and book reviews. Recent issues have included such topics as ethnobotanical and phytochemical studies, research on origin and evolution of crop plants, the ecology and history of traditional food plants, and studies on arid land plants with potential for local development.