The Society for Economic Botany (SEB) was established in 1959 to foster and encourage
scientific research, education, and related activities on the past, present, and
future uses of plants, and the relationship between plants and people, and to
make the results of such research available to the scientific community and the
general public through meetings and publications.
With more than 1000
members from all 50 U.S. states and more than 64 countries, SEB serves as the
world's largest and most-respected professional society for individuals who are
concerned with basic botanical, phytochemical and ethnological studies of plants
known to be useful or those which may have potential uses so far undeveloped.
It is recognized that the field of economic botany includes all or parts of many
established disciplines such as: agronomy, anthropology, archaeology, chemistry,
economics, ethnobotany, ethnology, forestry, genetic resources, geography, geology,
horticulture, medicine, microbiology, nutrition, pharmacognosy, and pharmacology,
in addition to the established botanical disciplines.