Assessing the adaptive significance of plant architectural adaptations to elevated temperature

Mariano Beguerisse Dı́az, Lloyd Bridge, Calin Bogdan Miron, Simon Pearce, Ming Qian & Kerry Franklin

Plants growing in natural environments are exposed to fluctuating ambient temperatures. Photosynthetic activity and metabolism are, however, optimal within specific temperature ranges. Plants have therefore evolved a variety of temperature-mediated developmental adaptations to enhance productivity and promote survival. For example, when the plant is challenged by drought or heat it may alter its physiology to reduce water loss, or it may alter its shape. Models of the physical and physiological effects of temperature variation on plant processes are therefore valuable tools in enhancing our understanding of the interaction of plants with their microenvironments.

Proceedings of the 3rd Mathematics in the Plant Sciences study group