The liverwort Marchantia polymorpha is a descendant of the earliest terrestrial plants. The plant is characterised by a simple morphology and genome structure. Its small size, rapid growth, simple genetic architecture and easy transformability make the plant a promising new model for synthetic biology. A number of projects are available using DNA circuits, computer modelling and quantitative microscopy to visualise and engineer new forms of plant growth in Marchantia. (See http://www.haseloff-lab.org and http://www.marchantia.org)
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