Proposal for BIOFILMS/bionet.microbiology.biofilms
USENET newsgroup name: bionet.microbiology.biofilms
One line Description: Research on microbial biofilms
Mailing list name: BIOFILMS
e-mail addresses: biofilms at net.bio.netbiofilms at daresbury.ac.uk
Discussion leader: Claus Sternberg
Department of Microbiology
Technical University of Denmark
Building 301, DK-2800 Lyngby
cs at im.dtu.dk
Definition of microbial biofilms: Microbial biofilms are layers
(sometimes only one) of microorganisms associated with a surface of
some kind. The organisms in a biofilm may be a single species or
multible species. The organisms may for example be bacteria, yeasts or
protozoans, or combinations. The surfaces may be solid surfaces such
as metals, glass, plastics, or dentin, or may be less well defined,
such as soil particles, or plant tissue surfaces. The association to
the surfaces may be tight, by direct binding, or loose, such as cells
residing in gelatinous matrices.
bionet.microbiology.biofilms is a forum for scientific
discussions/questions regarding all aspects of the science related to
microbial biofilms, including but not limited to biofilm initial
events, formation, maintenance and breakdown, genetic and
physiological aspects of microorganisms in biofilms or organisms
isolated from biofilms, role of biofilms in pathogenesis, in
industrial applications, and as a tool in teaching.
The Biofilms newsgroup will provide:
A forum to discuss concepts, problems and recent developments in the field
of microbial biofilms.
A forum to discuss development of laboratory systems for growing,
inspecting and in-depth analysis of microbial biofilms.
A forum to discuss the role of biofilm science in education.
A bulletin board for announcements of meetings, funding sources and job
A communication source for sharing mutants, strains, molecular probes, etc.
Opportunities for collaborative efforts between labs at different locations
and/or between industrial and academic research labs. The forum will also
provide opportunities to exchange new ideas concerning the teaching of
microbiology, and curricular design, as well as the education of the public
about the benefits and/or hazards of microbial biofilms.
A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) concerning microbial biofilms
should be created with the joint efforts of the newsgroup members, and kept
in an electronic form accessible for anyone.
A list of pointers to other interesting related resources in the form of a
The newsgroup encourages the participation of both academic and industrial
affiliated individuals or organizations, and anyone else with an interest
in microbial biofilms.
Discussions should as a general rule be conducted in the newsgroup, rather
than being continued by private e-mail. Only when discussions take a
personal turn which obviously is of interest only to the persons involved,
it should proceed privately by e-mail.
Commercial, unsolicited mailings are not allowed, please refer to the
general guidelines for bionet newsgroups on this matter (for an on-line
version, please see http://www.bio.net/BIOSCI/biosci.FAQ.html#q4)
General questions about confocal microscopy: Confocal microscopy is an
important tool for many people working in the biofilm field, but technical
questions concerning this technique of microscopy should be directed to the
newsgroup on this topic (bit.listserv.confocal; Send an e-mail to
listserv at listserv.buffalo.edu with the message (ignore subject):
subscribe confocal "Your Name").
The Biofilms list will run unmoderated.