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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.


Congratulations to our 2023 Award Winners!!

  • 2023 Student Field Research Awards

Anderson & Crum Bryology: Katherine Gale and Daniel Tucker

Culberson & Hale Lichenology: Andrea Goss and Katrina Cruickshanks

  • Journal Awards

Sullivant Award Bryology: Marta Nieto-Lugilde, Sean Robinson, Blanka Aguero, Aaron Duffy, Karn Imwattana, Kristian Hassel, Kjell Ivar Flatberg, Hans K. Stenøien, Anna V. Shkurko, Vladimir E. Fedosov and A. Jonathan Shaw. Morphological-molecular incongruence in Sphagnum majus ssp. majus and ssp. norvegicum. (Contact person:  Marta Nieto-Lugilde)

Tuckermann Award Lichenology: Paul Diederich, Ana M. Millanes, Javier Etayo, Pieter P. G. van den Boom and Mats Wedin. Finding the needle in the haystack: a revision of Crittendenia, a surprisingly diverse lichenicolous genus of Agaricostilbomycetes, Pucciniomycotina. (Contact person: Paul Diederich)

  • A. J. Sharp Award for Best Student Presentation at the Conference in Lichenology or Bryology: Blair Young. Runner up Carly Russell. All of the student presentations were fantastic - congratulations to all.

ABLS Annual General Meeting 2023

Thanks to all who attended the Botany/ABLS meeting in Boise, ID! It was so fun to see all of you! Meeting minutes will be posted soon.

Find the conference website here.

Check out our new Lichen videos!!

We have a new link under the "Lichenology" tab called Videos! Learn how to perform chemical spot tests on lichens in our latest channel.

If you are interested in contributing/sharing lichen or bryophyte videos, please contact the Webmaster.



Lichenology is the study of symbiotic associations between primarily an alga (or cyanobacterium) and a filamentous fungus.

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Bryology is the study of nonvascular plants including mosses, liverworts and hornworts.

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