The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism

The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism

Jürgen Tautz


Tis booklet, already translated into ten languages, might at frst sight seem to be near to honeybees and their biology. It c- tains, even if, a couple of deeper messages on the topic of the most simple and critical rules of recent biology. Te bees are only the actors that take us into the area of phys- ology, genetics, copy, biophysics and studying, and that introduce us to the foundations of typical choice underlying the evolution of easy to complicated existence types. Te ebook destroys the lovable inspiration of bees as anthropomorphic icons of busy self-sacr -i fcing members and provides us with the truth of the colony as an built-in and self sufficient being―a “superorganism”―with its personal, nearly eerie, emergent team intelligence. we're s- prised to benefit that no unmarried bee, from queen via drone to sterile employee, has the oversight or keep watch over over the colony. - stead, via a community of built-in regulate platforms and cost- backs, and verbal exchange among contributors, the colony - rives at consensus judgements from the ground up via one of those “swarm intelligence”. certainly, there are amazing parallels among the useful association of a swarming honeybee colony and vertebrate brains.

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