Ephemeral seagrasses provide important marine habitats, but are under threat due to human activity. Whitehead et al. develop a new functional-structural environmentally dependant model, in order to integrate existing knowledge of ephemeral seagrass growth dynamics and to assess potential management options, such as transplantation.
The model is parameterised for a population of Halophila stipulacea (Hydrocharitaceae) in the Persian Gulf, and is able to successfully simulate its dynamic structural growth patterns. The model is freely available and easily adapted for new species and locations, although validation for more species and environments is required
This paper is part of the Annals of Botany Special Issue on Functional-Structural Plant Growth Modelling. It will be free access until June 2018, then available only to subscribers until April 2019 when it will be free access again.