Annals of Botany

Modelling seagrass growth and development

Modelling seagrass growth and development
Modelling seagrass growth and development

Transplanting seagrasses can help restore ecologically important and threatened marine ecosystems. Based on the L-system formalism, Renton et al. present a functional–structural plant model of seagrass growth that integrates data collected from short-term trials and experiments for Posidonia australis. They use the model to conduct an evaluation of different transplanting strategies and find that reasonable long-term outcomes can be predicted, based only on short-term data. Marine restoration represents a novel application of functional–structural plant modelling.

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