Virtual plants - integrating architectural and physiological models

Hanan, J (1997) Virtual plants - integrating architectural and physiological models. Environmental Modelling & Software, 12 1: 35-42. doi:10.1016/S1364-8152(96)00040-0

Author Hanan, J
Title Virtual plants - integrating architectural and physiological models
Journal name Environmental Modelling & Software   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1364-8152
Publication date 1997-01-01
Year available 1997
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S1364-8152(96)00040-0
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 35
End page 42
Total pages 8
Place of publication OXFORD
Publisher Elsevier Science Ltd
Language eng
Abstract Recent advances in computer technology have made it possible to create virtual plants by simulating the details of structural development of individual plants. Software has been developed that processes plant models expressed in a special purpose mini-language based on the Lindenmayer system formalism. These models can be extended from their architectural basis to capture plant physiology by integrating them with crop models, which estimate biomass production as a consequence of environmental inputs. Through this process, virtual plants will gain the ability to react to broad environmental conditions, while crop models will gain a visualisation component. This integration requires the resolution of the fundamentally different time scales underlying the approaches. Architectural models are usually based on physiological time; each time step encompasses the same amount of development in the plant, without regard to the passage of real time. In contrast, physiological models are based in real time; the amount of development in a time step is dependent on environmental conditions during the period. This paper provides a background on the plant modelling language, then describes how widely-used concepts of thermal time can be implemented to resolve these time scale differences. The process is illustrated using a case study. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd.
Keyword Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications
Engineering, Environmental
Environmental Sciences
Virtual Plants
Crop Model
Thermal Time
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Advanced Computational Modelling Centre Publications
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