Mengzhen Kang

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Mongolian Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris var. mongolica) is one of the principal species used for windbreak and sand stabilization in arid and semi-arid areas in northern China. A model-assisted analysis of its canopy architectural development and functions is valuable for better understanding its behaviour and roles in fragile ecosystems.(More)
Climate, biophysical conditions and human activities all contribute to the occurrences of ecosystem and environment problems, i.e. water scarcity, desertification, salinization, in arid and semiarid zone of North China. Mongolian Scots pine tree (Pinus sylvestris var. mongolica) is one of the principal species of the windbreak and sand-fixing forest in this(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS In traditional crop growth models assimilate production and partitioning are described with empirical equations. In the GREENLAB functional-structural model, however, allocation of carbon to different kinds of organs depends on the number and relative sink strengths of growing organs present in the crop architecture. The aim of this(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS It is widely accepted that fruit-set in plants is related to source-sink ratio. Despite its critical importance to yield, prediction of fruit-set remains an ongoing problem in crop models. Functional-structural plant models are potentially able to simulate organ-level plasticity of plants. To predict fruit-set, the quantitative link(More)
The article describes a stochastic formal language adapted to the botanical concepts underlying the GreenLab organogenesis model. It is based on stochastic L-systems (parallel rewriting grammars) and on multi-type branching processes: stochastic processes control bud productions and at each growth cycle, each new growth unit is the result of a random(More)
• Plants respond to environmental change through alterations in organ size, number and biomass. However, different phenotypes are rarely integrated in a single model, and the prediction of plant responses to environmental conditions is challenging. The aim of this study was to simulate and predict plant phenotypic plasticity in development and growth using(More)
Functional-structural plant models (FSPM) simulate plant development and growth, usually accompanied with visualization of the plant 3D architecture. GreenLab is a generic and mechanistic FSPM: various botanical architectures can be produced by its organogenesis model, and the plant growth is governed by the competition on biomass among growing organs. A(More)
Visually realistic tree images competing for light and space have been created previously [Paubicki et al. 2009]. Here we present a method of generating tree forms reacting to the environment based on several biological hypothesis. In this method, a tree is composed of functional organs playing roles of sources and/or sinks of biomass. Each tree is a(More)
Modelling annual shoot development processes is a key step towards functional–structural modelling of trees. Various patterns of meristem activity can be distinguished in tree shoots, with active periods of phytomer production followed by rest periods. This approach has seldom been integrated in functional–structural tree models. This paper presents(More)
Precision management of agricultural systems, aiming at optimizing profitability, productivity and sustainability, comprises a set of technologies including sensors, information systems, and informed management, etc. Expert systems are expected to aid farmers in plant management or environment control, but they are mostly based on the offline and static(More)