Scott F. Gilbert, Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College and the University of Helsinki, delivers the Ninth Annual Sinauer Associates Distinguished Scientist Lecture on the new “holobiont” model of biology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The holobiont is the organism in community with its persistent symbionts, as in the Human Microbiome Project. This new view of life on Earth as composed of teams or communities of organisms is replacing the notion of the individual and the Modern Synthesis of the 1940’s. NOTE that I (James MacAllister) periodically send out an email that deals with Margulis-related topics, such as symbiogenetics, the New Symbiotic Biology and Gaia Theory. If you are interested in receiving these emails, send me an email at [email protected] with the word “subscribe” in the subject line and I will add you to the list. You can unsubscribe by a similar email with “unsubscribe” in the subject line.
- Used by people who call the work: Big History, Gaia Theory/Science-Based Systems Thinking
- Applies a deep time evolutionary perspective to: Biology and Earth Systems Science, Ecology/Sustainability, Education
- Learning Stages: Adult Education, Higher Education, Lifelong, Secondary 9 - 12
- Type: Video
- Keywords: Biology (Field Of Study),Evolutionary Biology (Field Of Study),Symbiosis,Symbiogenetics,Holobiot,Symbiont,Scott Gilbert,Lynn Margulis,Hygiene hypothesis,UMass-Amherst
- Why I love this Resource: The talk demonstrates that an animal is not an individuals, but a holobiont, the animal and its persistent microbial communities. The fact that all organisms live in and require communities and that communities are nested within larger communities that step up from the microcosmos to planetary (Gaia Theory) is a radical departure from the Modern Synthesis.
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- Posted By: James MacAllister
- Date Added: June 1, 2014