September 12, 2018

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    A stochastic model of sunlit-shaded patterns in canopies

    Diurnal changes in solar position plus occlusion caused by overlapping foliage means that throughout a day, leaves alternate between periods where they are either sunlit or shaded. Describing these patterns for real plant canopies is difficult and computationally intensive. Retkute et al. combine high-resolution reconstructions of field-grown plants with ray-tracing to analyse how light dynamics […] More