Theme 2 Plant form and function

The theme Plant form and function focuses on the relationships between architecture of plants and crops and physiological processes determining plant functioning and yield in interaction with environmental factors. An important tool within this theme is functional-structural plant modelling (FSPM). FSPM explicitly captures the development over time of the 3D architecture or structure of plants as governed by physiological processes which, in turn, depend on environmental factors. Topics include, but are not limited to, plant growth and development in relation to environmental drivers, above and below-ground plant-plant interactions, resource foraging in monocultures and mixed-species stands, and plant-climate feedbacks.