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2019, DOI: 10.1093/insilicoplants/diy002

Making our plant modelling community more than the sum of its parts: a personal perspective

in silico Plants

Stephen P. Long


The rise of mathematical modelling represents a transition in any scientific area towards quantitative and unequivocal presentation of hypotheses and theory. In Physics, phenomena are now predicted from mathematical models and computer simulations of those models well before observations are made to confirm these predictions. Indeed the largest endeavours in Physics, such as particle physics accelerators and astrophysics observational platforms, are created to test the most profound predictions of such models. Given the huge complexity of living organisms coupled with massive species and even phenotype within genotype diversity, we are far from the same level of advancement, yet need to approach it. 

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