Ferns were the last major lineage of land plants without a reference genome. With the coming publication of the Ceratopteris genome assembly and recent publication of two water fern genomes, it is time to review the past and future applications of Ceratopteris and fern research. Here I delve into the utilization of a Ceratopteris genome assembly for studying the alternation of generations, reproductive biology, genome biology, and the C-Fern Curriculum.
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Vol. 109 • No. 3