2ND AND FINAL CALL FOR VOTES: SYMBIOSIS-RESEARCH/bionet.biology.symbiosis

David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Tue Oct 25 17:47:20 EST 1994


This is the second and final call for votes on the following proposal
to create the mailing list & newsgroup
SYMBIOSIS-RESEARCH/bionet.biology.symbiosis.  The proposal below was
not modified after the discussion period.  Please note that voting
will run through 24:00 hrs Pacific Time on 8 Nov., not 15 Nov. as
stated incorrectly in the first CFV.

*** NOTE *** We are currently running several votes for other
newsgroups, so please be certain to follow the voting directions
*carefully*!  If you just send in a message saying "YES" or "NO" it
will not be counted if it is not clear which proposal you are
responding to.

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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 net.bio.net
                            symbios at daresbury.ac.uk

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 kaos.aum.edu

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
research.
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Voting is now open on the proposal for
SYMBIOSIS-RESEARCH/bionet.biology.symbiosis and will run through 24:00
hrs Pacific Time on 8 November 1994.  Please send your vote to either
of the following addresses:

Address                               Location        Network
-------                               --------        -------
biovote at daresbury.ac.uk               U.K.            JANET
biovote at net.bio.net                   U.S.A.          Internet/BITNET

PLEASE BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE FORMAT BELOW - WE OFTEN RUN MORE THAN ONE
VOTE AT A TIME SO A SIMPLE "YES" OR "NO" MESSAGE WITHOUT THE NEWSGROUP
NAME MAY BE AMBIGUOUS.  Your vote should contain a single line:

YES on SYMBIOSIS

if you favor allowing the creation of this newsgroup or

NO on SYMBIOSIS

if you think that this proposal will adversely affect the
BIOSCI/bionet system.  While not intended to be an exhaustive list of
possible concerns (more specific concerns may have been raised during
the discussion period on BIOFORUM/bionet.general and interested
readers are referred to these), some general reasons for voting NO
might be if you are concerned about newsgroup proliferation and/or
believe that the proposed group will not be utilized, or if you think
that the proposed newsgroup would substantially duplicate or overlap
with the function of existing newsgroups.  If you are simply not
interested in participating in the newsgroup above, please don't cast
a NO vote, but instead just don't vote at all.

The newsgroup proposal must receive at least 80 YES votes to pass and
the number of YES votes must be greater than the number of NO votes by
at least 40.  Discussion of the newsgroup proposal is now closed and
we strongly discourage posting any messages in other forums about the
fact that a CALL FOR VOTES has been issued.

				Sincerely,

				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net



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