Functional–structural models optimize the placement of foliage units for multiple whole-canopy functions

@article{Kennedy2009FunctionalstructuralMO,
  title={Functional–structural models optimize the placement of foliage units for multiple whole-canopy functions},
  author={Maureen C. Kennedy},
  journal={Ecological Research},
  year={2009},
  volume={25},
  pages={723-732}
}
I present examples of plant functional–structural models (FSMs) that are used to evaluate how foliage units affect whole-canopy functions, and I show that multi-criteria optimization is an effective tool for these models. FSMs produce plant structures through the repeated application of a set of rules for the placement of foliage units. The models are blind (rules are the same regardless of dynamic simulation conditions), sighted (rules change with interference from other foliage units) or self… CONTINUE READING
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