Math. Model. Nat. Phenom.
Volume 6, Number 2, 2011Modelling of plant growth
|133 - 159
|01 March 2011
Some Parameter Estimation Issues in Functional-Structural Plant Modelling
Ecole Centrale Paris, MAS, Châtenay-Malabry,
2 INRIA Saclay - Île-de-France, EPI Digiplante, Orsay, France
3 AgroParisTech, UMR EGC, Grignon, France
4 CASIA, LIAMA, Beijing, China
5 ITB, Paris, France
6 INRA, UMR AMAP, Montpellier, France
7 CIRAD, UMR AMAP, Montpellier, France
Corresponding author. E-mail: email@example.com
The development of functional-structural plant models has opened interesting perspectives for a better understanding of plant growth as well as for potential applications in breeding or decision aid in farm management. Parameterization of such models is however a difficult issue due to the complexity of the involved biological processes and the interactions between these processes. The estimation of parameters from experimental data by inverse methods is thus a crucial step. This paper presents some results and discussions as first steps towards the construction of a general framework for the parametric estimation of functional-structural plant models. A general family of models of Carbon allocation formalized as dynamic systems serves as the basis for our study. An adaptation of the 2-stage Aitken estimator to this family of model is introduced as well as its numerical implementation, and applied in two different situations: first a morphogenetic model of sugar beet growth with simple plant structure, multi-stage and detailed observations, and second a tree growth model characterized by sparse observations and strong interactions between functioning and organogenesis. The proposed estimation method appears robust, easy to adapt to a wide variety of models, and generally provides a satisfactory goodness-of-fit. However, it does not allow a proper evaluation of estimation uncertainty. Finally some perspectives opened by the theory of hidden models are discussed.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 92B05 / 92B15
Key words: functional-structural plant models / carbon allocation / GreenLab / maximum likelihood estimator / Aitken Estimator / hidden models
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