Holobiont in the Forest of Connection – Canadian Herb Conference
2023 KHC Workshops

Holobiont in the Forest of Connection

Our interconnectedness is what makes us adaptive, resilient and able to evolve. Join Yarrow Willard in unpacking the concept of the Holobiont and its keys to unlocking our most vital selves.

In simple terms the holobiont refers to a collective entity consisting of a host organism and the community of microorganisms living in and on it. This theory recognizes that organisms are not isolated individuals but are instead ecosystems or assemblages of different organisms functioning together. Through the lens of the Holobiont we are able to see how significant the microbiota are in shaping the biology and health of their host. This talk showcases a variety of examples that challenge the traditional view that we are individuals, highlighting the role of our interconnection with our ecosystem and microbial communities as a more accurate representation of who we actually are.

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