Transport of carbohydrates and water are essential aspects of plant functioning. This paper presents a novel approach for modelling these processes combining mathematical and computational methods.
Seleznyova and Hanan have produced the first mechanistic transport model that is capable of simulating continuous distributions of the system variables in a complex developing structure. The model simulations emphasize sensitivity of the phloem and xylem fluxes to the presence of distributed sinks and sources. The methods will be useful for modelling carbohydrate transport and distribution at different scales of plant organization.
This paper is part of the Annals of Botany Special Issue on Functional-Structural Plant Growth Modelling. It will be free access until June 2018, then available only to subscribers until April 2019 when it will be free access again.