How do plants grow and develop their wonderful diversity of forms, from cereal crops to eucalypt forests? The
project aims to understand basic mechanisms of plant development via comparative studies using the model
angiosperm, Arabidopsis, and the liverwort, Marchantia, which possesses a simplified genome. While the
Marchantia genome encodes nearly all the classes regulatory genes found in flowering plants, it lacks genetic
redundancy. Comparative studies on the genetic basis of the body plan, branching, and hormonal action, can
unlock their evolutionary elaboration from the simpler liverworts to the more complex flowering plants, and thus in
all seed plants, including those that generate food, fibre and forests.