David Thornby, David Spencer, Jim Hanan, Anna Sher (University of California, Queensland and Denver)


Model category FSPM
Plant part Shoot
Scale Organs, Whole_plant
Licence upon_request
Operating system Windows, Linux
Programming language L, C
Format of model inputs and outputs Text files
Species studied Arundo-donax
Execution environment Console
Modelling environment L-Studio

Scientific article

L-DONAX, a growth model of the invasive weed species, Arundo donax L.
David Thornby,David Spencer,Jim Hanan,Anna Sher
Functional Plant Biology, 2007 View paper

Model description

L-DONAX is a structural model of the Arundo donax L. species (a perennial reed). It was constructed using L-system modelling in order to assist in understanding and demonstrating the complexities of the plant’s development and structure. The model produces a realistic number of plant components from a single rhizome segment over the course of the first year of growth, using empirical relationships derived from outdoor experiments. Biomass production is also simulated, through the use of relationships found between aerial plant portion sizes and masses. L-DONAX produces a visual model of an Arundo clump that includes stems of varying thickness and length, leaves of varying lengths, and a simple representation of the rhizome

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