Scientific Exchange for Marchantia polymorpha

The liverworts are among the most primitive plant forms, and provide new opportunities for studies of plant biology. Their small size, rapid growth, simple genetic architectures and easy transformability make them promising new models systems for developmental and synthetic biology. This site provides a forum for scientific exchange about the liverwort species Marchantia polymorpha, with resources for use by scientists, students and naturalists. In order to post messages, or to download materials, you must be registered on the site. To limit spam, we ask that you provide your contact details on registration.

The site is based at the University of Cambridge, and provides: (i) web-based discussion and exchange, (ii) a collection of papers on Marchantia and related liverwort species that have been published over the last 100 years, (iii) a collection of 100-year old Marchantia posters used for botanical teaching, (iv) web links to labs working with Marchantia, and (v) links to other Marchantia-related resources. If you would like to promote access to any other lab site, scientific paper or other relevant resource, please send a note to Jim Haseloff at jh295(at)


Splash cup and gemmae on Marchantia polymorpha (photo: Jim Haseloff, Cambridge)

Latest blog entries

Homologous recombination-mediated gene targeting in the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha L.
New techniques
Kimitsune Ishizaki,Yasuyo Johzuka-Hisatomi, Sakiko Ishida, Shigeru Iida & Takayuki Kohchi The liverwort Marchantia polymorpha is an emerging model organism on account of its ideal characteristics for molecular genetics in addition to occupying a crucial position in the evolution of land plants. Here we describe a method for gene targeting by applying a positive/negative selection system for r...
Update on Marchantia genome
Marchantia genome and DNA
Liverwort Genome Analysis using DDBJ Pipeline and Construction of the Genome Annotation Database Plant and Animal Genome XXI conference  Date: Monday, January 14, 2013   Hideki Nagasaki , Genome Informatics Laboratory, NIG, ROIS, JAPAN, Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan Takatomo Fujisawa , Genome Informatics Laboratory, NIG, ROIS, JAPAN Takako Mochizuki , ...
Marchantia Exchange rules
Frequently asked questions
Welcome to the Marchantia Exchange. This site is intended to promote the exchange of technical and scientific information for the development of the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha as a simple model plant for scientific studies. We encourage participation - posting new information related to work with Marchantia, comments about existing posts, and off-line suggestions. 1. You will need to be regi...