su·per·or·gan·ism  (n.)

1 a group of organisms, such as an insect colony, that functions as a social unit

2 A superorganism is an organism consisting of many organisms. This is usually meant to be a social unit of eusocial animals, where division of labour is highly specialised and where individuals are not able to survive by themselves for extended periods of time. Ants are the best-known example of such a superorganism, while the naked mole rat is a famous example of the eusocial mammal. The technical definition of a superorganism is “a collection of agents which can act in concert to produce phenomena governed by the collective,” phenomena being any activity “the hive wants” such as ants collecting food or bees choosing a new nest site.

3 SuperOrganism is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering sustainable agricultural practices through research, events, publications, lectures, demonstrations, and other means.  SuperOrganism takes its name and purpose from the model of a honey bee (Apis Mellifera) colony where individuals work selflessly and mindfully towards the common good of the whole. To make a donation, please click here.

Current Projects

2014 Varroa Mites and Broodless Periods Study
To study the mechanisms by which untreated colonies might be controlling varroa mite levels, particularly to attempt to document unusual broodless periods observed in bees in Marin and to determine if there is any correlation between varroa mites and periods of brood cessation when food resources are available.

Marin Pollen Project
Beekeepers will be collecting pollen monthly from thirty hive locations February 2012 through October 2012.

Survivor Stock Queens Project
The Survivor Stock Queen Rearing Project is to cooperatively select, breed and disseminate queens with resistant and locally suited genetics. Because open mating contributes half of the genes, a component of the project is the inclusion of local beekeepers through education on the value of these characteristics.

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