New advances in virtual plant research

Yan , G. and Baoguo , L. (2001) New advances in virtual plant research. Chinese Science Bulletin, 46 (1). pp. 888-894.

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Virtual plants are computer simulations of the growth, development and deployment of plants in a three-dimensional space.Over the past 20 years, significant progress has been made in virtual plant modeling corresponding to the rapid advances in information technology. Virtual plant research has broad applications in agronomy, forestry, ecology, and remote sensing areas.In this review, we attempt to introduce the significance, modeling methodology, and main advances in virtual plant research and applications. The challenges associated with virtual plant modeling in agronomy applications, including the interaction mechanism between plant and environment and root system modeling, are also discussed. Insights into applications of virtual plants in agronomy are given in the areas of performing virtual experiments to accurately quantify the utilization of soil water and nutrients, to design crop ideotype on computers, and to improve crop planting.

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Additional Information: This work was supported by the National Key Basic Research Project (Grant No. G1999011709) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 39970428).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual plant, Plant architecture, Three-dimensional digitizing, Visualization, Virtual experiment.
Author Affiliation: Department of Soil and Water Sciences, College of Resources and Environment, China Agricultural University,China
Subjects: Crop Improvement
Environmental Science
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Mr Arbind Seth
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 09:56
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2012 09:56
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