Developing a functional structural plant model of Artemisia annua

Artemisia annua is an important medicinal species. Its secondary metabolite, artemisinin, has been used in the treatment of malaria, as well as several cancers and viral diseases. In many developing and underdeveloped regions, artemisia plants are growing by local farmers. In most cases, plant growth and artemisinin content are not optimized due to lack of knowledge on cultivating this species. Functional structural plant FSP models can be used to explore optimal canopy structure and crop settings for higher yield production. However, such a tool is not yet available for artemisia. The objective of this project is to develop an FSP model of artemisia to optimize artemisia plant growth, development and biosynthesis of secondary metabolites.

Used skills

  • FSPM will be developed under the platform of GroIMP
  • Purely desk work

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