I finally unearthed the old videos of my Cold Spring Harbor talk in 1994 in which I outlined the ideas and context of the ‘Hologenome’ as a new lens on evolution. Cold Spring Harbor actually packaged and (briefly and presumably unsuccessfully) marketed these videos of the meeting. Now out of print.
At that time (September, 1994) I was trying to set the scene for why studying, understanding and manipulating complex systems with tools and approaches of reductionism would not be enough.
I started in part one with the concept of getting ‘Beyond the Model System’, and used real-world agriculture and environment as the entry point for that discussion.