Modeling the fitness of plant morphologies across three levels of complexity

Watson, James, Hanan, Jim and Wiles, Janet (2008) Modeling the fitness of plant morphologies across three levels of complexity. Biosystems, 94 1-2: 182-190. doi:10.1016/j.biosystems.2008.05.023

Author Watson, James
Hanan, Jim
Wiles, Janet
Title Modeling the fitness of plant morphologies across three levels of complexity
Journal name Biosystems   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0303-2647
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.biosystems.2008.05.023
Open Access Status
Volume 94
Issue 1-2
Start page 182
End page 190
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Language eng
Subject 0607 Plant Biology
Abstract Linking together disparate biological models has the potential to provide insights that cannot be gained from studying the models in isolation. Computational modeling provides the means to integrate and test theories that span different temporal and spatial scales, and thus provides an ideal platform for forging this link. This paper describes a model that combines three key levels of biological theory. A computational model of gene regulation is integrated with a model of early land plant morphology, and placed in an evolutionary environment of competing fitness pressures. Simulation results indicate that each of these sub-models constrain possible phenotypic fitness. This work provides a methodological scaffold upon which increasingly complex models at each level of genotype, phenotype and environment can be built.
Keyword Modeling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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