NIMBioS workshop: Morphological Plant Modeling
I am very excited to announce that Dan Chitwood and myself organize the NIMBioS investigative workshop "Morphological Plant Modeling: Unleashing geometric and topologic potential within the plant sciences"
Objectives: An increasing population faces the growing demand for agricultural products. Accurate global climate models that account for individual plant morphologies are needed to predict favorable human habitat. At the heart of addressing the problems of climate change and food security is the challenge of modeling plant morphology under field conditions, which requires the integration of plant biology and mathematics. An improved understanding of the mechanistic origins of plant development requires geometric and topological descriptors to characterize the phenotype of plants and its link to genotypes. However, the current plant phenotyping framework relies on simple length and diameter measurements, which fail to capture the exquisite architecture of plants. This workshop aims to set new frontiers in combining plant phenotyping with recent results from shape theory at the interface of geometry and topology. We will explore the potential of new mathematical concepts to analyze and quantify the relationship between morphological plant features. The scientific goal is to develop a suite of biological questions that allow workshop members to jointly pioneer the use and development of geometric and topological methods within the plant sciences. The synergy provided from uniting these disparate disciplines will potentially fuel future collaborations and hasten new studies and perspectives in plant