Modelling Competition in Crop Populations via Reaction-Diffusion Foliage Dynamics. With an Outlook on Tree Modelling
Local leaf area index is considered as a spatially continuous variable, subject to dynamics of allocation, senescence and spatial propagation. This approach allows for inter-individual variability and competition while maintaining robustness – a key shortcoming of comparable models. Simulation results inspire a three-dimensional generalisation towards trees, alongside which an underlying dynamic branch system is devised, targeting finer morphological accuracy.
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