Functional Structural Plant Modelling Discussion Group

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Functional Structural Plant Modelling Discussion Group
The Functional Structural Plant Modelling Discussion Group 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. In our meetings, we address topics in the domain of plant form and function and FSPM, and provide the opportunity for the participants to discuss new results, experimental setups and modelling issues. Furthermore, we organise short tutorial sessions in which a particular technique or method is demonstrated, tested by participants on their own data or model, and discussed.

For more information, please contact Julia Winkeler ( or Michele Butturini (

We meet once a month for discussion and every two weeks for FSPM Troubleshooting (practical workshops and support).

The FSPM discussion group is the revival of the Plant Form and Function Discussion Group (PFF)  led by Jochem Evers.

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