FAO Plant Breeding Newsletter

ICPPGR ICPPGR at fao.org
Sat May 3 14:28:54 EST 1997


Dear Colleagues,

Sorry for the long mail and any eventual cross-posting.

Find below the annoucement of a new FAO Electronic Plant Breeding Newsletter.

Please, forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested.

Regards.

Dr Eric Kueneman (FAO) & Prof Don Wallace (Cornell University)

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==  ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ELECTRONIC PLANT BREEDING NEWSLETTER  ==
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  Aware of the importance of plant breeding as a tool for
  enhancing agricultural production and its sustainability,
  the Food and Organization Agriculture  (FAO) of the United
  Nations is hosting an electronic newsletter called PLANT
  BREEDING NEWS (PBN) designed to promote the exchange of
  information among all interested persons including plant
  breeders, researchers, policy makers, crop extension experts,
  NGOs, students, etc.

  The newsletter is meant to be your informal forum on plant
  breeding technologies and related issues including
  announcements, inquiries, technical discussions, un-refereed
  articles, etc. Other features will be added as per requests
  from subscribers.

  Participation is free and is based on voluntary contributions
  of information from members. By subscribing you will receive
  one monthly PBN edition.
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== TO SUBSCRIBE: ==
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send an email to: MAILSERV at MAILSERV.FAO.ORG
Leave the subject blank and write in the first line of the email
message:
SUBSCRIBE PBN-L
You will soon receive a welcome message confirming your subscription.
If you have any problems with your subscription, please contact:
PBN-L at MAILSERV.FAO.ORG

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== TO UNSUBSCRIBE: ==
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send an email to: MAILSERV at MAILSERV.FAO.ORG
leaving the subject blank and writing in the body of your email
message:
UNSUBSCRIBE PBN-L

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== PURPOSE OF PLANT BREEDING NEWS (PBN) ==
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PBN is intended to provide a dynamic forum of information exchange
for plant breeders and others interested in effective utilisation
of plant genetic resources.

The PBN is in response to the needs and actions declared important
in The Global Plan of Action for Conservation and Utilisation of Plant
Genetic Resources ratified by 150 countries at the Fourth
International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources (PGR),
Leipzig, Germany, June 1996. The PBN will contribute toward improved
utilisation of PGR. The PBN will also promote effective and responsible
plant breeding technologies to develop improved varieties, well adapted
to the needs of farmers with durable resistance to pests and diseases.
By generously sharing technologies, information, germplasm and ideas
through PBN, the global plant breeding community can expedite responsible
sustainable development and help ensure that the world's agricultural
needs are met for today and for the future.

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== PARTICIPATION:  ==
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Participation in PBN is free, open to anyone, and based on voluntary
contributions by subscribers.  It is envisaged that PBN will contribute
to improved communications among breeders and experts in both developed
and developing countries. The quality of PBN content will depend on you
and all other subscribers.  PBN NEEDS YOUR INVOLVEMENT!!!  To benefit
from the PBN, please contribute information, ideas, discussion and
queries to the Editor (see below).  Remember, that the PBN, though very
serious, is intended to be informal.  Contributors should not be overly
concerned about the level of syntax.  It is the exchange of ideas and
information that are really important in PBN!

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== CONTENT & PROMOTERS: ==
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Each PBN edition will have a number of sections based on crop groups
and thematic issues. The sections may change as needed over time
based on your suggestions. The initial section headings are shown at
the end of this communication.  One or more subscribers may take the
role of "promoter" to encourage dialogue and information exchange for
sections of specific interest to them.  Subscribers wishing to assist
promotion of discussion for a section are asked to contact Prof.
Wallace.  Promoter's contributions will be acknowledged.

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== EDITOR:  ==
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The editor will place the information received into the appropriate
section for each monthly issue. Professor Don Wallace of the Plant
Breeding and Biometry Department of Cornell University, Ithaca, New
York is the first Editor of the PBN.  To reach the editor, simply
send your email message to:
PBN-L at MAILSERV.FAO.ORG
writing in the subject: "To the Editor".

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== SPONSOR: ==
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The FAO provides the List Server facilities for publishing the PBN.
FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division and of the Plant Breeding
and Genetics Section of the Joint Division of FAO and the International
Atomic Energy Agency  are co-sponsors. The staff of all three will
contribute to this newsletter as part of their programme to bring
improved plant breeding technologies to developing countries. It is
the intention and our hope that the plant breeding community, globally,
finds the PBN an effective means of information exchange. FAO is open
to exploring wider sponsorship arrangements.

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== LIST OWNER: ==
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Mr. Eric Kueneman, Senior Officer in the Plant Production and
Protection Division of FAO is the List Owner and PBN Coordinator.
He will work with Professor Wallace to facilitate implementation
of the PBN. Again should you have any difficulties in receiving
the PBN, kindly contact Professor Wallace or Mr. Kueneman at:
PBN-L at MAILSERV.FAO.ORG

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== SECTIONS OF THE PLANT BREEDING NEWS: ==
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Some communications for the PBN will have primarily a crop
orientation, and others a disciplinary orientation. Most may
involve both. The  following matrix of CROPS GROUPS and DISCIPLINARY
AREAS will be used to indicate the subject matter area of each
submission that can be located in the PBN. To guide subscribers to
the communications they wish to read, the editor will classify all
short submissions (3 pages and less) and abstracts presented in
each PBN edition according to the crop groups/disciplinary areas
presented below

CROP GROUP

             1. Cereals
             2. Roots & Tubers
             3. Horticulture
             4. Industrial
             5. Pulses & Oil-Seed Legumes
             6. Pasture and Forage
             7. New Crops
             8. Applies to all Crops

DISCIPLINARY AREA

             A. Editor's Notes
             B. Announcements
             C. General Inquiries
             D. Technology & Breeding Methods
             E. Biotechnology
             F. Diseases & Pests
             G. Abiotic Stresses
             H. Breeders Rights
             I. BioSafety and/or Plant Quarantine
             J. Policy
             K. Society & Plant Breeding
             L . Quantitative traits
             M. Plant Genetic Resources
             N. Genetic Vulnerability
             O. Seed
             P. Bibliographies
             Q. Popular WEB Sites


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== CONTRIBUTIONS: ==
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SEND ALL CONTRIBUTIONS, QUERIES AND DISCUSSION FOR THE PBN TO:
PBN-L at MAILSERV.FAO.ORG

Indicate at the beginning of your contribution the disciplinary and/or
crop section in which you wish your communication to be placed. Until
published in a PBN issue, your contribution will be known to only the
Editor and the List Owners.

The PBN will be based on email "text only" format regardless of
length of submissions.  Please do not send attachments in word
processing formats such as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect.


LONG SUBMISSIONS

Authors must send abstracts of any submission longer than 3 pages in
length. The full text of long submissions will be archived.

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== ARCHIVING FACILITIES: ==
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PBN has an archive facility where long submissions (greater than 3
pages) and prior issues of the PBN will be stored for free retrieval.
A file name will be given and stated at the end of the abstract in PBN.
You can retrieve the full text from the archive by sending an email
message to MAILSERV at MAILSERV.FAO.ORG
and leave the subject blank and write in the body of the message:
SEND [PBN]filename.ext
For example,  if the file name of the full text that you want to
retrieve from the archive is:  PBNA3.TXT then in the body of your
message to MAILSERV at MAILSERV.FAO.ORG will be:
SEND [PBN]PBNA3.TXT
MAILSERV will send you the full text of the requested file by email.

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