Warren Lavallee warren at
Thu Jan 4 23:28:00 EST 1996

                     FIRST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
            unmoderated group

Newsgroups line:	Research on homopteran (sap-sucking) insects.

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 25 Jan 1996.

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party.  Questions about
this proposal should be directed to the proponent.

Proponent: Maarten van Helden <maarten.vanhelden at>
           Yvan Rahbe <rahbe at>
           Rufus Isaacs <rufus at>
Votetaker: Warren Lavallee <warren at Syra.NET>


Discussion, news, and queries concerning the study of homoptera

Homopteran insects are a very distinct insect order, characterized by
their specialised feeding behaviour as sap suckers. Homoptera are
pests of enormous economic importance in temperate and tropical
regions of the world, damaging many different crops in both outdoor
and greenhouse crops. Apart from the direct feeding damage, virus
transmission and fungal growth on honeydew also cause major yield

The newsgroup is intended for
communication on homopteran insects only. Other entomological
questions should be posted to the newsgroup
(general entomology), or to the appropriate specialised newsgroups
(e.g. for lepidoptera).  Communication
will be welcomed from all those interested in homoptera, including
serious amateurs as well as professionals and students. Closely
related taxonomic 'sister' groups, such as Heteroptera, will be
welcome in this newsgroup until a more appropriate forum is
available. Though intended primarily for scientific communication,
some queries from the general public are to be expected; these should
be answered politely.

The idea behind this newsgroup is the need to improve fast and
informal communication between researchers working on
homoptera. Newsletters (like the 'aphid resistance newsletter' which
was published as a paper copy once a year) appeared inadequate for
this goal. In the near future WWW-Newsletters or Archive sites based
on this newsgroup might be developed. 'Pointers' to these sites will be
posted in the newsgroup when appropriate. is *NOT* intended as a forum for buying
and selling insect specimens nor for advertising commercial products
and services.  However, it is permissible to use the newsgroup to post
brief comments with pointers to addresses where readers can obtain
information about such products. All participants are expected to
respect the environment and the law. Efforts to encourage trespassing
or to subvert conservation laws are *NOT* welcome on this newsgroup.


The aim of this newsgroup will be the exchange of scientific
information and discussion on homopteran insects (aphids, whiteflies,
leafhoppers, planthoppers etc.). Anyone seriously interested will be
welcome to join the scientific discussion.

Possible subjects (not exhaustive and in random order) are:

- Insect biology
        - Ecology
        - Physiology
        - Behaviour
        - Virus transmission
        - Symbionts

- Insect-plant interactions
        - Chemical ecology
        - Feeding behaviour
        - Multitrophic interactions

- Economic entomology
        - Agricultural pests
        - Resistance mechanisms/breeding
        - Natural enemies/biological control
        - Insecticide resistance

- Taxonomy

- Research techniques
        - Rearing techniques and clone collections
        - Electrical penetration graphs
        - Phloem collection/analysis
        - Development of new research tools

- Announcements of meetings

The discussion will be held preferably in English when posted to the
world community (as set up in the news "distribution" field). FAQ's
should be developed for specific areas of interest. In time, the
newsgroup will be backed up by WWW sites where important information
will be archived by subject, and databases on names of participating
scientists/research areas etc.  can be stored and accessed.

Commercial announcements are not permitted as this news group is not
intended to be a marketplace. Pointers to more information on
(commercial) products / equipment / activities related to homopteran
insects are allowed.



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