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Information for SYMBIOSIS-RESEARCH prototype newsgroup
Mailing list name: SYMBIOSIS-RESEARCH
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James F. White, Jr.
Department of Biology
Auburn University at Montgomery
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
Purpose of the prototype 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 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
As this is a prototype newsgroup, only a mailing list is currently
available. This will run for a six month period until July 1996. At
that time a vote will be taken for full newsgroup status and the
prototype group will either become a full newsgroup or be closed.