superorganism


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superorganism

(so͞o′pər-ôr′gə-nĭz′əm)
n.
A group of organisms, such as an insect colony, that functions in an organized fashion analogous in some ways to the functioning of a single biological organism.
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[USA], July 27 (ANI): A recent study has found how surrounding trees keep tree stumps alive, suggesting a shift from the perception of trees as individuals towards understanding forest ecosystems as 'superorganisms.'
"I met some members of the band at a music festival in New Zealand and then Orono (Noguchi) joined after we discovered each other through YouTube, so it just has kind of snowballed into becoming Superorganism.
GM denotes an entire ecosystem inhabiting each organism, thus constituting a "superorganism" [4].
In evolutionary terms, McCrady, like Heath, describes the emerging human society as a superorganism, while in theological terms he describes it as the Mystical Body of Christ.
These trends let envisage future scenarios where consumers and other stakeholders of the food supply chain, using their own capabilities integrated with ICT and food diagnostics technologies, could collaboratively constitute a large-scale socio-technical superorganism capable to foster collective food awareness.
The answer is that together, we make a superorganism. We work together.
"We didn't start the band with a manifesto," says Harry, one of Superorganism's songwriters/producers.
What we experience as upheaval is leaving behind more primitive versions of human communities to create a new, more inclusive version where each human is a "cell" in the evolving superorganism, humanity.
The difference between a superorganism and a real organism is that we retain our individuality; there is no central unit taking decisions on behalf of all of us, we are all free.
Together, humans and our microbiome have been collectively described as a superorganism (Hattori and Taylor 2009; Sleator 2010) or, more accurately, a holobiont (Gordon et al.
Deneubourg, "Self-organized structures in a superorganism: do ants 'behave' like molecules?" Physics of Life Reviews, vol.
In light of this, humans may be considered as a superorganism in which microbes and human attributes determine their metabolism [1].