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Architectural analysis and modelling of the branching process of the young oil-palm root system.

Abstract : An architectural analysis of the root system of young oil-palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) seedlings was made. In this analysis, root branching was modelled by a Markov chain (discrete-time, discrete-state space stochastic process). This study has been realized on radicles of young oil-palm seedlings which were considered as main axes which branch. We defined an elementary length unit as the smallest length between two successive lateral roots. The model was based on the analysis of a sequence of events, each event being indexed by the rank of the elementary length unit on the main axis. An event was defined as the state of the length unit, chosen between unbranched state and three branched-state categories. The branching process of the oil-palm radicle was modelled by a four-state first-order Markov chain. Consequently, the state of an elementary length unit depended only on the state of the previous one. The Markov chain was homogeneous, i.e. the transition probabilities did not depend on the rank of the elementary length unit. This study allowed us to identify a probabilistic model of root branching which was the first step in the elaboration of a stochastic model of the architecture of the oil-palm root system.
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Christophe Jourdan, Hervé Rey, Yann Guédon. Architectural analysis and modelling of the branching process of the young oil-palm root system.. Plant and Soil, 1995, 177 (1), pp.63-72. ⟨10.1007/BF00010338⟩. ⟨hal-00827494⟩



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