CALL FOR DISCUSSION: BIOFILMS/bionet.microbiology.biofilms

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at
Tue Nov 12 20:08:16 EST 1996

We have received a proposal below for a new newsgroup,


Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 24 Nov
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
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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 25 November (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 BIOFILMS/bionet.microbiology.biofilms

USENET newsgroup name:	bionet.microbiology.biofilms

Status:			Unmoderated

One line Description:	Research on microbial biofilms

Mailing list name: 	BIOFILMS

e-mail addresses:	biofilms at
			biofilms at

Discussion leader:	Claus Sternberg
			Department of Microbiology
			Technical University of Denmark
			Building 301, DK-2800 Lyngby
			cs at

Newsgroup character:

Definition of microbial biofilms: Microbial biofilms are layers
(sometimes only one) of microorganisms associated with a surface of
some kind. The organisms in a biofilm may be a single species or
multible species. The organisms may for example be bacteria, yeasts or
protozoans, or combinations. The surfaces may be solid surfaces such
as metals, glass, plastics, or dentin, or may be less well defined,
such as soil particles, or plant tissue surfaces. The association to
the surfaces may be tight, by direct binding, or loose, such as cells
residing in gelatinous matrices.

bionet.microbiology.biofilms is a forum for scientific
discussions/questions regarding all aspects of the science related to
microbial biofilms, including but not limited to biofilm initial
events, formation, maintenance and breakdown, genetic and
physiological aspects of microorganisms in biofilms or organisms
isolated from biofilms, role of biofilms in pathogenesis, in
industrial applications, and as a tool in teaching.

The Biofilms newsgroup will provide:

A forum to discuss concepts, problems and recent developments in the field
of microbial biofilms.

A forum to discuss development of laboratory systems for growing,
inspecting and in-depth analysis of microbial biofilms.

A forum to discuss the role of biofilm science in education.

A bulletin board for announcements of meetings, funding sources and job

A communication source for sharing mutants, strains, molecular probes, etc.

Opportunities for collaborative efforts between labs at different locations
and/or between industrial and academic research labs. The forum will also
provide opportunities to exchange new ideas concerning the teaching of
microbiology, and curricular design, as well as the education of the public
about the benefits and/or hazards of microbial biofilms.

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) concerning microbial biofilms
should be created with the joint efforts of the newsgroup members, and kept
in an electronic form accessible for anyone. 

A list of pointers to other interesting related resources in the form of a
world-wide-web page.

Further remarks:
The newsgroup encourages the participation of both academic and industrial
affiliated  individuals or organizations, and anyone else with an interest
in microbial biofilms. 

Commercial, unsolicited mailings are not allowed, please refer to the
general guidelines for bionet newsgroups on this matter (for an on-line
version, please see

General questions about confocal microscopy: Confocal microscopy is an
important tool for many people working in the biofilm field, but technical
questions concerning this technique of microscopy should be directed to the
newsgroup on this topic (confocal-L; Send an e-mail to
listserv at with the message (ignore subject): subscribe
confocal "Your Name").

The Biofilms list will run unmoderated.

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