CALL FOR DISCUSSION: MAIZE/bionet.maize (moderated)

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at
Tue Jul 1 17:44:13 EST 1997

We have received a proposal below for a new newsgroup,

MAIZE/bionet.maize (moderated)

Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 13 July.
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 July 14 (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 for MAIZE/bionet.maize (moderated)

USENET newsgroup name:  bionet.maize

Status:                 Moderated

One line Description:   Research on maize

Moderation address:     bionet-maize at
                        (maize-moderator at
                         is an alias for
                         maize at

Moderator:              Marty Sachs 
			and Ricardo Salvador (backup moderator)

Mailing list name:      MAIZE

E-mail addresses:       maize at
                        maize at

Newsgroup Charter: bionet.maize would provide a forum to facilitate
communication and interaction among researchers, educators, students,
producers, specialists, and all others with an interest in maize (Zea mays

Functions of the newsgroup:  Discussion/inquiries would include but not be
limited to the anatomy, breeding, genetics, physiology, biochemistry,
molecular biology, origin/evolution, ethnobotany, germplasm, production and
utilization of maize and will thereby allow more rapid progress in research
involving maize science and corn production.

The newsgroup will provide a forum for discussions of problems, old and new
ideas, journal publications, and recent developments in maize research.
The newsgroup will also provide sources of practical advice, methodologies,
answers to frequently asked questions concerning understanding of the
biology and uses of maize and techniques used in maize research, and
availability of unique resources for research with maize (e.g., antibodies,
cDNA clones, primers and gene sequences, DNA libraries, mutants, genetic
stocks and other germplasm, mapping, databases, etc.).

Finally, the newsgroup will serve as a bulletin board for announcements of
meetings, conferences, job opportunities, and funding sources of interest
to basic and applied biologists studying maize.

Moderation Policy:  Mass-posted commercial messages, chain letters, and
similar postings not germane to maize will be deleted without comment.
Inappropriate messages posted in good faith will be returned to the sender.
Messages not strictly within the charter but likely to be of interest to
many subscribers will be accepted. Use of the newsgroup for commercial
purposes is prohibited.


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