Genome-Wide Association Studies across Environmental and Genetic Contexts Reveal Complex Genetic Architecture of Symbiotic Extended Phenotypes Academic Article uri icon

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  • Given the rapid rise of research on how microbiomes can be harnessed to improve host health, understanding the contribution of microbial genetic variation to host phenotypic variation is pressing, and will better enable us to predict the evolution of (and select more precisely for) symbiotic extended phenotypes that impact host health. We uncover extensive context-dependency in both the identity and functions of symbiont loci that control host growth, which makes predicting the genes and pathways important for determining symbiotic outcomes under different conditions more challenging.


  • Batstone, Rebecca
  • Lindgren, Hanna
  • Allsup, Cassandra M
  • Goralka, Laura A
  • Riley, Alex B
  • Grillo, Michael A
  • Marshall-Colon, Amy
  • Heath, Katy D

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  • December 20, 2022

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