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Brief History of The New York Botanical Garden Press (NYBG Press)

Established in 1896, NYBG Press is a department of The New York Botanical Garden and one of the largest publishing programs of any independent botanical garden in the world. The Press focuses on advancements in knowledge about the classification, utilization, and conservation of plants and fungi through publication of general books, books in series, and quarterly journals.


Milestones in the development of NYBG Press:


1899. Contributions from The New York Botanical Garden - conceived as a monographic series of technical papers written by Botanical Garden staff, published in other journals, and reprinted by the Garden - is established. This format was discontinued in 1933. Reactivated in 1983, Contributions now provides the scientific community with an outlet for the publication of translations, annotated bibliographies, and classical works that are out-of-print.


1900. Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden is established. This book series focuses on taxonomy and floristics, with an emphasis on plants of the Western Hemisphere. In recent years, Memoirs has expanded to encompass field guides and botanical history as well.


1931. Brittonia is established to honor Nathaniel Lord Britton, founder and first Director of the Botanical Garden. Assuming the broadest possible definition of the field of systematic botany, this quarterly journal is an important outlet for the publication of original research articles on anatomy, botanical history, chemotaxonomy, morphology, paleobotany, phylogenetics systematics, taxonomy, and phytogeography. Each issue also contains book reviews and announcements.


1935. The Botanical Review is established as a quarterly international journal for publication of in-depth articles on a broad spectrum of botanical fields including systematics, phytogeography, cladistics, evolution, physiology, ecology, morphology, paleobotany, and anatomy. Botanical Review draws together outstanding scientists in the field, synthesizes the current knowledge about a specific subject, and promotes the advancement of botany by indicating the gaps in our knowledge and providing new outlooks.


1947. Economic Botany is established as a quarterly journal, interdisciplinary in scope, and bridging the gap between pure and applied botany. The foremost publication of its kind in this field, Economic Botany documents the rich relationship between plants, people, and culture around the world, encompassing the past, present, and potential uses of plants. Each issue contains original research articles, review articles, book reviews, annotated bibliographies, and notes on economic plants.


1967. At the request of the Organization for Flora Neotropica, NYBG Press begins publishing the series Flora Neotropica. These monographic volumes provide taxonomic treatments of plant groups or families growing in the Americas between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The monographs are intended to be comprehensive, so most of them also include information on economic botany, conservation, phylogenetic relationships, taxonomic history, ecology, cytology, anatomy, and phytochemistry, among other topics. Each volume is illustrated with line drawings, black and white photographs, and distribution maps.


1972. The first volume of Intermountain Flora: Vascular Plants of the Intermountain West, U.S.A. is published. Spanning work of more than 40 years, Intermountain Flora is the authoritative source for information about the vascular plants of the western United States between the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada ranges.


1983. Advances in Economic Botany is established. This interdisciplinary book series integrates pure and applied studies and has found its readership among policy makers, teachers, researchers, and students in the field of agronomy, anthropology, biology, ecology, economic botany, ethnobotany, geography, and pharmacology.


1991. The Second Edition of the classic Manual of Vascular Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada is published. The part of the United States covered extends from the Atlantic Ocean west to the western boundaries of Minnesota, Iowa, northern Missouri, and southern Illinois, south to the southern boundaries of Virginia, Kentucky, and Illinois, and south to the Missouri River in Missouri. In Canada the area covered includes Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and the parts of Quebec and Ontario lying south of the 47th parallel of latitude.


1998. The Illustrated Companion to Gleason and Cronquist's Manual is published. This recipient of the Association of American Publishers Award for Excellence in Professional/Scholarly Publishing in Biological Science consists of 827 plates of meticulously rendered black-and-white illustrations, arranged and labeled to cross-reference with Gleason and Cronquist's Manual of Vascular Plants, Second Edition.


2004. The Pteridophytes of Mexico is published. Recipient of the CBHL Award for Significant Works in Botanical Literature, this monumental treatment is the first modern, comprehensive pteridophyte flora for Mexico. More than 1,000 species are covered, with complete keys, maps, and almost 300 full-page plates of line-drawings.


2007. NYBG Press partners with Springer to provide ever-widening "scientific and professional communities with superior specialist information" on plants and fungi through its three authoritative journals: Brittonia (est. 1931); Botanical Review (est. 1935); and Economic Botany (est. 1947).


2012. Intermountain Flora: Vascular Plants of the Intermountain West, U.S.A. Subclasses Magnoliidae-Caryophyllidae - which concludes taxonomic treatments for the series - is published. Spanning work of more than 40 years, Intermountain Flora is the authoritative source for information about the vascular plants of the western United States between the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada ranges.


2014. The second and final volume of Maine Mosses is published, the quintessential guide for those familiar with moss structure and identification procedures for these small plants - and a model for future floras.


2015. NYBG Press launches its e-commerce site, with capability for viewers to create personal accounts and buy works devoted to the classification and identification, utilization, and conservation of plants and fungi online.

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