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Microbiome-dependent ontogenetic timing (MiDOT) examples from host-microbe associations across terrestrial and aquatic organismsa

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  • a In these examples, experiments controlling host and microbiome variation indicate that the microbiome is a key driver in ontogenetic timing for these associations between host and environmentally acquired microbes.

  • b Effects can be absolute (where transition fails to occur in the absence) or modulating (where microbes speed or slow transition).

  • c We also indicate whether the effect can be attributed to a single microbe species (SMS), more than one species (MOS) (both of which imply construction and testing of synthetic microbiomes) or whether this was not explicitly investigated (NEI).