MICROBIAL-CULTURES/bionet.microbiology.cultures FAILS: 38 YES to 2 NO

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at net.bio.net
Mon Jul 10 18:48:31 EST 1995

Due to issues related to our move of the BIOSCI project in the U.S.,
we are behind on several items including tabulating votes.  There
follow the results of four recent newsgroup proposal votes in this and
the next three messages.

I am sorry to have to announce that the propossal to create
MICROBIAL-CULTURES/bionet.microbiology.cultures did not receive the
required number of YES votes (80) and thus failed.  Only 40 votes were
received, 38 YES and 2 NO.  A similar proposal can not be brought up
again for consideration until at least 90 days has elapsed.


				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net

Proposal to establish MICROBIAL-CULTURES/bionet.microbiology.cultures

Proposed USENET name:		bionet.microbiology.cultures

Proposed mailing list name:	MICROBIAL-CULTURES

Proposed e-mail addresses:	cultures at net.bio.net
				cultures at daresbury.ac.uk

Discussion leader:		David Boone
				boone at ese.ogi.edu

The main purposes of this discussion group are to discuss methods for
storage of cultures and to aid microbiologists in finding either sources
of microbial cultures or collections into which new isolates can be

Many microbial strains can be found in national collections such as the
American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), but other cultures are stored
only in specialized collections scattered around the world. For instance,
many fastidious microbes can be cultivated only by experts in those
particular organisms, and even major culture collections do not have
sufficient staff to include experts for each of these groups.  This
newsgroup should serve as a forum to help researchers find appropriate
collections for the deposit or acquisition of specific organisms. 

Another important function of this newsgroup will be to find permanent
homes for important "orphaned" collections.  Many scientists acquire
during their careers large collections of microbes that are not available
elsewhere, and when these scientists retire their collections are often
lost due to lack of maintenance or because the cultures are discarded by
the employing institutions.  Often national collections are able to accept
only a few of the most important organisms or type strains, and this
newsgroup could help the scientist to find a permanent repository for the
rest of the collection. 

Subscribers interested in the acquisition and storage of microbial
cultures are welcome from academic and commercial institutions. 
Contributions consistent with the objectives of this newsgroup are
encouraged.  The newsgroup will be unmoderated, and I will act as

David Boone
Professor of Environmental Microbiology
Oregon Graduate Institute
Portland, Oregon, USA

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