Proposed plant list

Tony Travis ajt at
Wed Mar 11 08:05:15 EST 1992

marder at writes:
: [...stuff deleted]
: We have a choice facing us in the wording of the charter; either we include
: a list of "topics" (to be assembled from the interests of contributors to
: this discussion) or we go for a very general "ALL ASPECTS OF PLANT
: BIOLOGY". The first approach has the advantage of attracting those who find
: "their subject" listed - but we might discourage potential participants who
: don't see their interests represented.
: I favour taking the second approach and to leave mention of specific topics
: out of the charter.  Lets instead propose some discussion topics in the
: inital get-to-know-each-other postings. I was impressed with the excellent
: start to the "Chowder Society" list (Biological Information theory - Tom
: Schneider et al.); an early "welcome" message from one of the newsgroup
: organisers listed a few potential topics and they never looked back.  Once
: we win the vote on BIONET.PLANTS, it'll be up to us Plant Scientists to
: think up some topics and provocative questions to get the newgroup going.

I agree with your comments Jonathan.

When I first proposed the creation of a news group for plant biologists
I had my own (peculiar?) interests in mind ;-)

I think we are more likely to get a YES vote if the charter is changed
as you suggest, but do remember that bionet.arabidopsis and
bionet.agroforestry already exist and I don't want to alienate their

I'm not convinced we would have got this far without mentioning *some*
topics in the charter, but maybe now is the time to broaden it out to all
apects of plant biology, whilst acknowledging the specialised interests
of bionet.agroforestry and bionet.arabidopsis.


    Tony Travis <ajt at>  | Dr. A.J.Travis 
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