MarpoDB: An open registry for Marchantia polymorpha genetic parts

MarchantiaMarchantia polymorpha (a liverwort) is a living relative of the earliest terrestrial plants. As it has a simple genome and morphology and is readily transformable, it provides a good platform for synthetic biology (see https://www.openplant.org/marchantia/). Delmans et al. have designed an “engineering-oriented” database (http://marpodb.io/query) designed for the synthetic biology workflow. Genes are represented in modular form, and templates for recombination-based assembly can be designed at the touch of the Recode button.  The utility of this database for synthetic biology was validated by in vivo analysis of of promoter elements + reporter gene constructs.  Community participation in the evaluation of the information is encouraged. Plant Cell Physiol. 10.1093/pcp/pcw201