News - Training
1 December 2000.
The SAFRINET training manuals were well accepted, which motivated SAFRINET to published a forth contribution ' Introduction to Practical Phytobacteriology' by T. Goszczynska, J. Serfontein and S. Serfontein. Copies are available from the SAFRINET NECI Co-ordinator, Connal Eardley or Teressa Goszczynska, both at ARC-PPRI, Private Bag X134, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa. The four SAFRINET manuals are now available on a single CD, of which more than one thousand copies have been distributed to the BioNET NECI Co-ordinators. Copies are also available from the SAFRINET NECI Co-ordinator. Feedback on the manuals will be appreciated, as this will justify the production of new products. There are available manuscripts that need revision and outstanding authors to do the work for plant viruses and farm animal disease diagnosis. They will have a southern Africa bias but should be useful throughout Africa and in other parts of the world. To produce these books suitable funding needs to be raised. Please express whether you consider there to be a need for such products.

BioNET is rightfully becoming increasingly involved in biodiversity issues, as a large demand for taxonomic capacity exists in this arena. Persons interested in the conservation of pollinators and in pollination biology should consider their participation in the International Pollinator Initiative. Details are available in the electronic pollination journal PollenBytes, which is available at$ResFull?ID=M182, or write to either Connal Eardley ( or Tonie Putter (

A soil organisms initiative is currently being developed in response to Decision III/11 (1996) of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Interested persons should make themselves known to George brown (, and for the SADC sub-region consider establishing a soil organism programmes as an affiliate to SAFRINET. 

SAFRINET developed an alliance with EcoPort in Auguest 1999 at the 4th SAFRINET Annual Meeting. The aim of EcoPort is to have one web site all the species with information on their morphology and biology and most important to link species where ecological ties exist, i.e., pollinators are linked to the records of the plants they pollinate, pest to their host plants and visa versa. Having all the information on one web site makes it possible to produce the entire facility on CD, which is extremely useful for countries without Internet or where Internet is very slow. SAFRINET has been working with EcoPort for some time and the partnership has been extremely beneficial and promises to be a key element in SAFRINET's success. The Network Coordinator encourages SADC people to contribute to EcoPort, which can be visited at, to enable them to achieve their goals more efficiently. For further information write to Tonie Putter at (

Updated: 1 December 2000.