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Testable hypotheses that arise from placing microbiome-dependent ontogenetic timing (MiDOT) in a life history contexta

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  • a Categorizing MiDOT via its effects across the life history (leftmost column), and the information encoded by presence/abundance/functions and by-products (Possible signal columns), for vertical or horizontal transmission. We focus on the example of a monocarpic species and evaluate potential contributions to optimizing timing (either as a trigger or as increase/decrease in the rate of a transition [Fig. 1]) or bet-hedging (see the text).