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)cam.ac.uk
Splash cup and gemmae on Marchantia polymorpha (photo: Jim Haseloff, Cambridge)