Daily Archives: 14th of November 2011

A gift for the anti-Botanist

With a world full of fascinating life-forms, it’s always easy to find a gift for a botanist. There’s so many plants to choose from, but what can you get for a friend without green fingers? What can you get for someone who doesn’t merely lack gardening skills, but is a hazard to plant-life. While browsing on the web I found what might be the perfect answer. Grand Illusions is selling Selaginella lepidophylla.

I’d never heard of this. It’s common name is The Rose of Jericho, but you might get a better idea of what it does under name Grand Illusions use: The Resurrection Plant. It’s found in the Sahara or Negev, where water is a problem. Instead of growing a hump or two like a camel, Selaginella lepidophylla has come up with a different trick, which you can find on YouTube.

So that’s my Christmas shopping sorted out. A lot of people will be getting (almost) dead plants.

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Towards aspect-oriented plant modelling

Towards aspect-oriented plant modelling

Towards aspect-oriented plant modelling

Standard modelling techniques are not suited for clearly separating aspects of plant function that criss-cross between different components of plant structure, which makes it difficult to reuse and share their implementations. Cieslak et al. use the L-system-based plant modelling language L+C to develop an aspect-oriented approach to plant modelling based on multi-modules, and illustrate the method with a kiwifruit shoot model that integrates growth, carbon dynamics, hormonal control and biomechanics. They demonstrate that multi-modules provide a simple, practical technique for encapsulating aspects of plant function, and potentially allow reuse in other models.

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