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  • Dimensions of a basic plant architecture in 5-d intervals

    Towards turgor-driven growth in FSPs

    In many scenarios, water availability plays a determinant role in plant growth. Current functional-structural plant models (FSPs) mainly focus on plant-carbon relations and largely disregard the importance of plant-water relations. Coussement et al. adapted an existing water-flow and a storage model was made was for integration into FSPs. It applies explanatory concepts of water flow, […] More

  • Towards a model for cut-rose

    Towards a model for cut-rose

    The production system of cut-rose (Rosa × hybrida) involves a complex combination of plant material, management practice and environment. Using XL programming, Buck-Sorlin et al. present a 3-D structural–functional model for the system that allows the creation of a wide range of initial structures thanks to simple interactive rules for pruning, cutting and bending. The model […] More

  • Modelling seagrass growth and development

    Modelling seagrass growth and development

    Transplanting seagrasses can help restore ecologically important and threatened marine ecosystems. Based on the L-system formalism, Renton et al. present a functional–structural plant model of seagrass growth that integrates data collected from short-term trials and experiments for Posidonia australis. They use the model to conduct an evaluation of different transplanting strategies and find that reasonable long-term […] More

  • Assessing uncertainty in functional–structural models

    Assessing uncertainty in functional–structural models

    Functional–structural plant models always have uncertainty concerned with selection of model components, with the number of outputs simulated and with the quality of data used in assessment. Ford and Kennedy apply a method of multi-criteria assessment to variables in a FSPM for foliage reiteration on old-growth branches, and conclude that such models should be assessed […] More