Bryonet-L is an email discussion and news group sponsored by IAB, and open to anyone. The intent of the list is to provide good international discussions and a forum in which teachers, ecologists, bryologists and anyone interested can get questions about bryophytes answered. Bryonet messages go directly to all members of the list if the sender is a member.  If the sender is not a member, the message goes to the manager for approval first.  

It is appropriate to ask bryological questions, send news items of interest to bryologists, announce bryological meetings and forays, announce publications of interest to bryologists, or ask for help in locating a bryologist or bryological collections. Teachers wanting information on bryophytes are encouraged to bring their questions to the list.

Note that messages you send to Bryonet may not appear in your own email.  That is because many institutions have set their email so you don’t receive your own email to a list.

Send messages to Note that if you reply, replies go to the entire list, not just the sender, so do not send personal messages by replying to a Bryonet message. Please include your email address in the body of the message if you want a response – some folks will want to respond privately.
If you want to subscribe:

  • Send an email message to with the subscribe request in the subject.
  • Subject: subscribe bryonet-L
  • In the body of the message, include your name as you want it listed and your country/state affiliation.

To unsubscribe:

  • Send a message to and provide the email address of your Bryonet subscription.
  • In the subject line of your email, type:  unsubscribe bryonet-L.
  • If you wish to change email addresses, send an email to and provide the old and new email addresses


All subscriptions come to the manager for approval and she must personally approve your subscription. Once you are subscribed, you should get a message back telling you about bryonet and how to unsubscribe.

Send email to <>

For questions to list:

  1. Put appropriate subject in subject line
  2. Give enough details to get specific answers; broad questions are likely to be ignored.  For example, “What do you think about evolution in bryophytes” is too broad, but one could ask “What are the most important characters in understanding major lines of evolution in bryophytes”?  And if you are only interested in liverworts, be specific about that.
  3. In responding to questions, be sure you respond “to list” unless the message is personal or confidential; this is the value of the list.  It is about 90% lurkers who learn from our discussions

For identification help:

  1. Describe the habitat, preferably including photograph
  2. Include photographs of habit
  3. Include microscopic photographs that show cells of leaves and other potentially diagnostic features
  4. Reduce photo size or resolution so that an email contains no more than 6 meg total
  5. Put larger or numerous images on a website such as or DropBox and provide the URL.

Be sure to name the photographer and whether it is copyright or you offer the image through Creative Commons (preferred)

  • Describe features that seem unusual
  • Mention features that eliminate species that seem similar

For publication requests:

  1. Check Google Scholar and Google Books online
  2. Check your library’s interlibrary loan facility
  3. Check older literature that is not covered by copyright at <> and <>
  4. Join the free ResearchGate. <> is like FaceBook for scientists.  Users typically post pdfs of their own work.  If a pdf is not available for download, the site offers a convenient “Request” button that automatically sends an email request for the paper.
  5. Another way that scientists archive their own work is on personal or professional (“the Smith Lab”) websites.  You can track down authors to their websites to find posted pdfs or an email contact.  It’s a simple matter to find an author’s place of employment via a Google search using the author’s name and a few bryological keywords.
  6. Write to the author for a copy; you might also get related papers.
  7. Use JSTOR that allows you to download up to 3 papers at a time.
  8. Check <> for older literature.
  9. If these fail, you can request help on Bryonet
  10. In subject line, indicate “publication request”
  11. Give full citation if possible
  12. Explain in 1-2 sentences what research you are working on that requires the paper.
  13. If responding to a request, respond to the individual, and not to the list, it violates copyright laws.
  14. Acknowledge receipt of the publication to the list as soon as you receive it to avoid others spending time helping you.

Other Resources can be found on the IAB website and

For living specimen requests, be sure to include:

  1. how much material you need 
  2. how it should be packed
  3. how it should be labelled so it can pass any entry controls in your country and reach you in a timely manner  
  4. what collection site information you need
  5. is there a date by which you need them.