There is another biofilm discussion forum that has just started.
Yes, its feast (ie plaque?, also known as a type #3 biofilm?) or
famine (ie drinking water biofilm?, type #1?)...first, we had no
forum, now we have two forums (fora?).
This forum is located at:
and is part of the bioline "on-line" journal series (including an
on-line Biofilm Journal).
I'm not sure what we can do with two discusssion groups that can't be
accomplished by one, but the bioline site does permit the posting of
images and movies (about biofilms!). Right now, its pretty quiet over
Here's the word from their sysop:
Welcome to the Discussion Forum! Discussion Fora have been developed
for each of the online-only journals,Biofilm, Biopolicy and Biosafety.
The aim of these new options is to provide a mechanism for debate
about issues raised in the journals, or other matters related to the
subject of the journals. The Forum is very easy to use, and basically
self-explanatory. However, there is a HELP file online if needed.
You will note that it is possible to submit text, images or video
clips for discussion. The formats that must be used are described in
the Help file.
The Forum is not monitored and is free to all to use. We shall watch
developments with interest and it may be that in future we shall make
it possible for individuals to take responsibility for a particular
Forum. We much hope that the scientific community will use the system
for serious discussions of importance to their research. Matters
relating to Bioline generally may be submitted to bioline-l rather
than to the Forum. We have developed this mechanism after listening
to the success of the pre-prints system adopted by the high energy
physics community. Although these Fora are not designed specifically
with the development of publications as the objective, we anticipate
that worthwhile discussions may well lead to collaborative papers by
those discussing a particular issue.
We invite you to use THIS topic to talk about the Forum mechanism
itself, and open NEW topics for professional debates about other
issues that you would like to raise.