CALL FOR DISCUSSION: CYTONET/bionet.cellbiol.cytonet

David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Mon Jan 3 19:34:37 EST 1994


We have received a proposal for a new group:

		   CYTONET/bionet.cellbiol.cytonet

Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 13 Jan on
BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on BIONEWS/bionet.announce).

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 and to propose modifications prior to the vote.

The 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 14 Jan (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.

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Proposal to establish CYTONET/bionet.cellbiol.cytonet:

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

Discussion leader:

	Nicholas C. Carpita, CytoNet Coordinator
	Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
	Lilly Hall of Life Sciences 1155
	Purdue University
	West Lafayette, IN 47907-1155
	Tel. (317) 494-4653
	FAX: (317) 494-0363
	Internet: carpita at btny.purdue.edu

Newsgroup charter:

Cytonet is a group of plant scientists who share a 5-year DOE/NSF/USDA
Interagency research coordination grant to pursue the goals described
below.  The overall aim of the program is to attract the highest
quality students to the field of plant biology, to support innovative
research not currently supported, to coordinate efforts of a broad
range of scientists, to foster better collaboration among scientists
pursuing common goals, and to encourage development of novel methods
to tackle new problems.

We propose to form a newsgroup called "CytoNet" to serve as an information
and communications service for investigators who research the
cytoskeleton, plasma membrane, and cell wall structural and functional
continuum.  We hope to establish dialog among plant scientists whose
interdisciplinary efforts involve:
--structural dynamics of the cytoskeleton
--molecular control of the expression of specific actins and tubulins
--molecules which attach the cytoskeleton to the plasma membrane
--the interactions of the cytoskeleton and membrane transport
--transmembrane molecules that link the cytoskeleton to the cell wall
--matrix proteins and polysaccharides of the cell wall that participate in
membrane adhesion
--signal transduction mechanisms associated with cytoskeleton-membrane
interactions
--the cytoskeleton-membrane interaction and protein and polysaccharide
trafficking

Formation of a newsgroup will provide:
--a forum for discussion of latest developments in diverse disciplines
that impinge on our specific mission. 
--an information resource for new participants.  
--a bulletin board for announcements of new positions, funding
opportunities, meetings, and retreats
--an avenue for initiating collaboration among participants
--up to date advancements in interdisciplinary technologies
--announcement of novel reagents and other materials available for
collaborative use
--repository for a monthly newsletter which will feature a specific aspect
of our mission and the researchers involved in the research

In 1992, a small group of plant scientists established "CytoNet", a
research and communications network for those who investigate the dynamics
of the cytoskeleton-plasma membrane-cell wall structural and functional
interactions.  The plasma membrane forms localized, tight zones of
adhesion to the cell wall at specific stages of development or in response
to biotic or abiotic stress.  The cytoskeleton is intricately linked to
these adhesion sites.  We became excited by the possibility that the
adhesion zones visual markers of the continuum of the cytoskeleton,
through the plasma membrane, to the cell wall and beyond.  Integrated with
this scaffolding could reside the dynamic components of environment
perception, signal transduction, and the elements of cellular responses. 
Our research communication network is an interdisciplinary core group of
biochemists, physiologists, and cell and molecular biologists who are
devoted to understanding the integrated functions of this continuum.  In
recent months, the list of interested participants has grown to close to
80 scientists.  A current directory of participating scientists can be
obtained by email requests to cytonet at aux.btny.purdue.edu 

A steering committee was formed to coordinate the activities of the core
group.  The newsgroup is expected to run unmoderated, but inquiries
concerning other functions of CytoNet may be address to the following
people:

Nicholas C. Carpita, CytoNet Coordinator
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Lilly Hall of Life Sciences 1155
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1155
Tel. (317) 494-4653
FAX: (317) 494-0363
Internet: carpita at btny.purdue.edu

Wendy Boss
Botany Department
P. O. Box 7612
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone:  (919) 515-3496
FAX:  (919) 515-3436
E-mail:  wfboss at ncsumvs.ncsu.edu

Mike Sussman
Dept. of Horticulture
1575 Linden Dr.
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706
Phone:  (608) 262-3519
FAX:  (608) 262-4743
E-mail:  sussman at psl.wisc.edu

Sue Wick
Dept. of Plant Biology
220 BSC, 1445 Gortner Ave.
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone:  (612) 625-4718
FAX:  (612) 625-5754
E-mail:  swick at molbio.cbs.umn.edu"
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