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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All very impressive, yet the most significant thing to happen to Superorganism over the past year has been a logistical one - they finally met for the first time.
Who is Superorganism and why is this song so addicting?
The man with the compound eyes, as a symbol for the totality of the environment constituted by separate, independent units, celebrates the planet as being an autonomous superorganism of coexistence and coordination in the sense of Adamson's "multinaturalism," Taylor's "Gaia-like superorganism," and the planetary approach of environmental problems.
Nature integrates all ecosystem cycles and is the final arbiter of truth and unquestionable authority on cell polarity, stem cell niches, and the gut ecosystem cycle determinants that can help us reach a superorganism potential.
The superorganism approach may help researchers better understand how diet, chemicals and other environmental factors affect health, for instance.
In ACS, a superorganism consisting of random solutions of the related problem corresponds to an artificial superorganism migrating to more productive feeding areas.
Hillis Miller writes: "The earth is not a superorganism.
Then the whole superorganism could be setup to have any particular goal and yet have high intelligence/efficiency.
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However, while it is has been established that the prokaryotic component of the human superorganism is amenable to manipulation by chemotherapeutic, dietary or microbial interventions, the significance of such alterations in terms of human health or well being is less well established.
A honey bee colony is a eusocial superorganism -- thousands of worker sisters work together to execute all tasks needed by the whole.