BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at
Wed Sep 21 20:50:10 EST 1994

We have received a proposal below for a new newsgroup,


Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 2
October on BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on BIONEWS/bionet.announce).
For those who are not on the BIOFORUM/bionet.general newsgroup
currently, either read bionet.general on USENET or contact one of the
following biosci addresses to sign up by e-mail:

Subscription Address                 Location
--------------------                 --------
biosci at               Europe, Africa, and Central Asia
biosci at                   Americas and the Pacific Rim

One warning, however: BIOFORUM/bionet.general is a "chatty" newsgroup
and many other items will be discussed there besides this newsgroup
proposal.  USENET news access is definitely better than e-mail if you
want to monitor only this discussion.

Discussion Guidelines
Please do not post one-line messages saying things like "I am in favor
of such a newsgroup".  We will collect votes later.  The discussion
period is an opportunity for anyone to bring up reservations about the
proposed charter below and to propose modifications prior to the vote.
If the charter is perfect as is, then there is no need for anyone to
say anything!!!

The newsgroup discussion leader may submit a revised proposal in light
of the discussion, and the new charter would be included in the call
for votes which will go out on 3 October (Newsgroup Discussion leaders
- please note this deadline - if no revisions are received before the
deadline, the original charter will be voted on.).

Please be aware that only one vote is counted per e-mail address, so
it is necessary to have your own account in order to vote.  Multiple
votes from the same address are not accepted.  If you are interested
in the following newsgroup, but do not have an e-mail address of your
own, please obtain one from your computer center before the call for
votes is issued.

Proposal to establish SYMBIOSIS-RESEARCH/bionet.biology.symbiosis

Proposed USENET name: bionet.biology.symbiosis   (unmoderated)

Proposed mailing list name: SYMBIOSIS-RESEARCH

Proposed mailing addresses: symbios at
                            symbios at

Discussion leader:

		James F. White, Jr.
		Department of Biology
		Auburn University at Montgomery
		Montgomery, Alabama 36117

		Tel: 205-244-3739
		FAX: 205-244-3826
		Email: epichloe at

Purpose of the proposed newsgroup:

Symbiotic associations are very common in nature.  "Without symbiosis, 
the nature on earth would be unrecognizable from that which is found 
today" (Sir David Smith, in: Symbiosis as a Source of Evolutionary 
Innovation).  This is not just because symbiosis was crucial to the 
evolution of the eukaryotes from their prokaryote ancestors.  It is also 
that most terrestrial ecosystems are critically dependent on symbiosis.  
Ninty percent of land plants are mycorrhizal, and many contain 
endosymbionts within leaves and other above ground organs.  Virtually all 
mammalian and insect herbivores would starve without their cellulose 
digesting symbionts.  Understanding symbiosis is thus fundamental for 
the comprehensive appreciation of organisms and their cellular and 
molecular biology (from preface to vol. 14 SYMBIOSIS).  

The purpose of the proposed newsgroup is to establish better 
communication between symbiosis researchers, to share ideas, to solicit 
information, and disseminate news of research progress and upcoming 
events of interest to symbiosis researchers.  

Subscriptions are welcome from all persons interested in symbiosis

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