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Tony Travis ajt at
Wed Mar 4 14:29:18 EST 1992

pbacon at writes:
: I've found the debate re:network/no-network to be interesting and
: I'm surprised at the coolness of the response to the proposals offered.
: I would certainly be interested in participating from the Oxford
: Forestry Institute. My own interest is tropical botany and agricultural
: systems. The agroforestry network is very poorly used and perhaps a
: broader remit might encourage greater participation

I read bionet.agroforestry for a while before proposing bionet.botany
(now bionet.plants) and I was disappointed how little was posted.  I've
had a reasonable e-mail response from bionet.* and* people who
are interested in bionet.plants but nothing like the 80 supporters that
would be needed to ensure the creation of a new group.

Maybe bionet.agroforestry *is* the place to discuss plant-related
issues but I feel that the name 'agroforestry' is open to the same sort
of mis-interpretation as bionet.botany was (ie. more specific than the
original proposers of this group actually intended).  Could we perhaps
move the discussion of plant related issues over to bionet.agroforestry?

If a critical mass of botanists, plant biologists, or whatever plant
people want to call themselves start to read and post to
bionet.agroforestry we can all benefit without the creation of a new
group.  I'd like to hear what the bionet.agroforestry people think
about this before we go any further.

If the consensus is that it is a good idea to move over to
bionet.agroforestry then I would like to advertise the existence of a
plant orientated discussion there on other related news groups or
mailing lists.  I've had enough newsgroup politics for now and I'd like
to progress onto scientific matters.


    Tony Travis <ajt at>  | Dr. A.J.Travis 
                                      | Rowett Research Institute,
                                      | Greenburn Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen,
                                      | AB2 9SB. UK. tel 0224-712751

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