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Effects of microbial evolution dominate those of experimental host-mediated indirect selection

Arora, Jigyasa; Brisbin, Margaret A. Mars; Mikheyev, Sasha


Microbes ubiquitously inhabit animals and plants, often affecting their host’s phenotype. As a result, even in a constant genetic background, the host’s phenotype may evolve through indirect selection on the microbiome. ‘Microbiome engineering’ offers a promising novel approach for attaining desired host traits but has been attempted only a few times. Building on the known role of the microbiome on development in fruit flies, we attempted to evolve earlier-eclosing flies by selecting on...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: PeerJ
DOI: 10.7717/peerj.9350
Access Rights: Open Access


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