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Morphological plant modeling: Unleashing geometric and topologic potential within the plant sciences

Alexander Bucksch 1 Acheampong Atta-Boateng 2 Akomian Fortune Azihou 3 Mathilde Balduzzi 4 Dorjsuren Battogtokh 5 Aly Baumgartner 6 Brad Binder 7 Siobhan Braybrook 8 Cynthia Chang 9 Viktoriya Coneva 10 Thomas Dewitt 11 Alexander Fletcher 12 Malia Gehan 10 Diego Hernan Diaz Martinez 13 Lilan Hong 14 Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi 15 Laura Klein 16 Samuel Leiboff 14 Mao Li 13 Jonathan Lynch 17 Alexis Maizel 18 Julin Maloof 19 Rj Cody Markelz 20 Ciera Martinez 16 Laura Miller 21 Washington Mio 13 Wojtek Palubicki 8 Hendrik Poorter 22 Christophe Pradal 4 Charles Price 23 Eetu Puttonen 24 John Reese 7 Ruben Rellan-Alvarez 25 Edgar Spalding 26 Erin Sparks 27 Chris Topp 10 Joseph Williams 7 Daniel Chitwood 10
Abstract : Plant morphology is inherently mathematical. The geometries of leaves and flowers and intricate topologies of the root have fascinated plant biologists and mathematicians alike. Beyond providing aesthetic inspiration, understanding plant morphology has become pressing in an era of climate change and a growing population. Gaining an understanding of how to modify plant architecture through molecular biology and breeding is critical to improving agriculture, and the monitoring of ecosystems and global vegetation is vital to modeling a future with fewer natural resources. In this white paper, we begin by summarizing the rich history and state of the art in quantifying the form of plants, mathematical models of patterning in plants, and how plant morphology manifests dynamically across disparate scales of biological organization. We then explore the fundamental challenges that remain unanswered concerning plant morphology, from the barriers preventing the prediction of phenotype from genotype to modeling the fluttering of leaves in a light breeze. We end with a discussion concerning the education of plant morphology synthesizing biological and mathematical approaches and ways to facilitate research advances through outreach, cross-disciplinary training, and open science. Never has the need to model plant morphology been more imperative. Unleashing the potential of geometric and topological approaches in the plant sciences promises to transform our understanding of both plants and mathematics.
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Alexander Bucksch, Acheampong Atta-Boateng, Akomian Fortune Azihou, Mathilde Balduzzi, Dorjsuren Battogtokh, et al.. Morphological plant modeling: Unleashing geometric and topologic potential within the plant sciences. 2016. ⟨hal-01412691⟩

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