Computer Modeling of Plant Development
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Plant morphology is visually particularly attractive. Perhaps this is not surprising given the geometrical and often symmetrical shapes and patterns associated with plant structure. Whether it is the polyhedral shape of individual cells, the symmetry of phyllotaxis, or the fractal nature of branching patterns, plant structures seem to hint at underlying biological mechanisms that may be especially amenable to mathematical analysis. Hence plant architecture has long inspired a mathematical approach to understanding its developmental origins. What is particularly exciting at present is that this approach is now being augmented both by a rapidly growing body of molecular biological knowledge as well as by cheap and powerful computational power. This issue of Journal of Plant Growth Regulation reflects the current synergism by presenting a collection of five articles that discuss and present new analyses of various aspects of plant development using computer modeling.
The issue starts with...