CALL FOR DISCUSSION: PSEUDOMONADS/bionet.organisms.pseudomonas

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at
Tue Jul 25 19:16:58 EST 1995

We have received a proposal below for a new newsgroup,


Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 3 August
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:

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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 4 August (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 PSEUDOMONADS/bionet.organisms.pseudomonas

Proposed USENET name: 		bionet.organisms.pseudomonas

Proposed mailing list name: 	PSEUDOMONADS

Proposed email addresses: 	pseudomo at
				pseudomo at

Discussion leader:

	Bruce W. Ritchings BWR at ICBR.IFAS.UFL.EDU
	College of Medicine/Division of Infectious Diseases
	PO Box 100277
	Academic Research Building, R2-148
	University of Florida
	Gainesville, FL 32610
	Tel. (904) 392-2933
	FAX: (904) 392-6481

	The genus Pseudomonas is a complex of many gram-negative
species of bacteria with widely variable properties, some of which are
beneficial, such as the decomposition of organic matter, and some of
which are injurious, such as the infection of humans, animals and
plants. Research efforts to study these species, and to find cures for
their infections, have shown that they possess characteristics
distinctly different from the more commonly studied enterobacterium,
E. coli, which is often used as a model for gram-negative bacteria.
With these differences in mind, and the specific needs of Pseudomonas
clinicians and basic scientists, a newsgroup is being created to
address these needs and to facilitate the sharing of information on
many levels.

Functions of the Pseudomonas newsgroup will be:

	1) to facilitate the sharing of protocols, strains and plasmids 
           developed specifically for Pseudomonas species.
	2) to announce upcoming meetings.
	3) to provide a forum for trouble-shooting difficulties
           encountered in the lab. 
	4) to create opportunities for collaborative efforts between
           labs and sharing of published and preliminary results. 
	5) to inform the community of Pseudomonas researchers and clinicians 
           of progress in vaccine development and the treatment of
           Pseudomonas infections. 
	6) to serve as a source for computer-related services useful to 
           Pseudomonas researchers, such as codonfrequency tables,
           protein-alignment programs, etc.

The newsgroup will be unmoderated.

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