3 week old Marchantia paleacea
Aisling Cooke and Hannah Wright, John Innes Centre
This Marchantia paleacea plant has been grown in vitro for 3 weeks. Marchantia paleacea is a liverwort, a primitive land plant that diverged from flowering plants over 450 million years ago. Like land plants, it can also form mutually beneficial relationships with soil microbes. This plant was imaged as part of an experiment by scientists at the John Innes Centre studying the evolution of genes involved in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis.