Using functional-structural plant modeling to explore the response of cotton to mepiquat chloride application and plant population density

  • Shenghao Gu China Agricultural University
  • Jochem Evers Wageningen University
  • Lizhen Zhang China Agricultural University
  • Lili Mao China Agricultural University
  • Jan Vos Wageningen University
  • Zhaohu Li China Agricultural University
Keywords: Cotton, canopy growth, light interception, morphology, pruning, simulation model


The crop growth regulator Mepiquat Chloride (MC) is widely used in cotton production to optimize the canopy structure in order to maximize the yield and fiber quality. Cotton plasticity in relation to MC and other agronomical practice was quantified using a functional-structural plant model of cotton development, ultimately aiming at helping cotton farmers to manage their crops optimally.

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