In 1995 ASPB established the BLOOME grant program (the name changed over time) with the goal to enhance public awareness and understanding of the essential roles of plants in all areas of life.

The Plant BLOOME program is open to ASPB members with education and outreach projects that advance youth, student, and general public knowledge and appreciation of plant biology. These projects strive to promote and explain varying facets of plant biology including:

  • Importance of plants for the sustainable production of medicine, food, fibers, and fuels;
  • Critical role plants play in sustaining functional ecosystems in changing environments;
  • Latest developments in plant biotechnologies, including genetic modifications that improve the quality and disease- and stress-resistance of crops;
  • Discoveries made in plants that have led to improved human health and wellbeing; and
  • Range of careers related to plant biology or available to plant biologists.

Projects align with current effective scientific teaching practices such as Vision and Change recommendations,Core Concepts and Learning Objectives for Plant Biology,12 Principles of Plant Biology, or Next Generation Science Standards.

This Plantae networks showcases the work of Plant BLOOME grant winners and allows them to connect with each other and the community. Join this network to be notified when new content is posted.