Brassica nigra

Jorad de Vries, Erik H. Poelman, Niels Anten and Jochem B. Evers (Wageningen University)


Model category FSPM
Plant part Shoot
Scale Organs, Whole_plant
Licence upon_request
Operating system Any
Programming language Java
Format of model inputs and outputs gsz (zip)
Species studied Brassica-nigra
Execution environment Console
Modelling environment GroIMP

Scientific article

Elucidating the interaction between light competition and herbivore feeding patterns using functional–structural plant modelling
Jorad de Vries,Erik H. Poelman,Niels Anten and Jochem B. Evers
Annals of Botany, 2018 View paper

Model description

This model is an explicit functional–structural plant model for Brassica nigra that mechanistically simulates competition in a dynamic light environment, and also explicitly models leaf area removal by herbivores with different feeding preferences. The model dynamically simulates plant–plant–herbivore interactions by implementing mechanistic source–sink-driven plant growth, the ratio of red to far-red light in the light spectrum mediated architectural development and the introduction of herbivores using agent-based modelling concepts. With this novel approach, this FSPM can quantitatively explore the extent to which herbivore feeding location and light competition interact in their effect on plant performance.

Some case studies

To test the ecological significance of light quality in optimizing plant defence (Douma et al. 2019;