The Israel Society of Botany was founded by
researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the 1930s, as a similar
Society to those existing in Europe. The Society founded the Palestine Journal
of Botany, which after the establishment of the State of Israel became the
Israel Journal of Botany. The journal published papers related to systemic,
physiological and ecological research on plants of Israel and the Near East. In
addition to the publication of this journal, the Society would organize a
conference once in two years during which research works were presented by
researchers and their students. These conferences served as a platform for the
exchange of opinions on botanical research in Israel. At a later point, the
Israel Journal of Botany was transferred to private ownership.
In the 1990s the Israel Botanic Society merged with
the Israeli Society for Plant Tissue Culture, to become the Israeli Society of Plant
Science, and since then the Society has held annual conferences which have
dealt with the most innovative issues of botanical research which have emerged
over the last few years.