HomeInternational Rice Research Notesvol. 26 no. 2 (2001)

Virtual rice: simulating the development of plant architecture

Takayuki Watanabe | P.m. Room | J.s. Hanan

Discipline: Agriculture



Information on the architecture and morphogenesis of rice plants is important in a range of research fields, such as in the development of ideotypes and direct-seeding techniques and for understanding competition against weeds and compensation for pest damage. Although several simulation models for predicting rice yield exist, there is no detailed model for simulating rice morphogenesis and plant architecture. In this study, the three-dimensional (3D) structure of rice plants was measured and the results were used to construct a "virtual rice" model that simulates morphogenesis and the development of plant architecture.