Botany + Algorithms =

BotAlgorithme is a project that aims at making plant computational models accessible to an audience as large as possible. We are convinced that plant models are unique tools for teaching complex plant processes. Currently, our preferred process is the regulation of the root water intake.

Recently, our students published an article on the Botany One blog detailing their experiences with plant models. We also wrote about the use of plant models in the classroom for the ECRLife blog from eLife

BotAlgorithme is a project led by Guillaume Lobet, in collaboration with colleagues from theUCLouvain and theForschungszentrum Juelich.

More about the models presented here


Novel multiscale insights into the composite nature of water transport in roots
Couvreur V, Faget M, Lobet G, Javaux M, Chaumont F, Draye X

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CRootBox, A Structural-Functional Modelling Framework For Root Systems
Schnepf A, Leitner D, Landl M, Lobet G, Hieu Mai T, Morandage S, Sheng C, Zoerner M, Vanderborght J, Vereecken H

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A hybrid analytical-numerical method for solving water flow equations in root hydraulic architectures.
Meunier F, Draye X, Vanderborght J, Javaux M, Couvreur V.

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GRANAR, a new computational tool to better understand the functional importance of root anatomy
Heymans A, Couvreur V, LaRue T, Garcia AP, Lobet G.

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Hydropatterning model

Growth is required for perception of water availability to pattern root branches in plants.
Robbins NE 2nd, Dinneny JR.

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Tardieu-Davies model

Modelling the coordination of the controls of stomatal aperture, transpiration, leaf growth, and abscisic acid: update and extension of the Tardieu–Davies model
François Tardieu, Thierry Simonneau, Boris Parent

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A modeling approach to determine the importance of dynamic regulation of plant hydraulic conductivities on the water uptake dynamics in the soil-plant-atmosphere system.
Lobet G, Pagès L, Draye X.

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