Modeling plant development: from signals to gene networks.

Current opinion in plant biology

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Lavedrine C, Farcot E, Vernoux T. Modeling plant development: from signals to gene networks. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2015;27148-153.
Mathematical modeling has become a common tool in plant developmental biology. Indeed, it allows for the prediction of complex and often unintuitive dynamics of the molecular networks driving plant development. This has enabled the test of their possible involvement in robust and specific developmental processes. Modeling has also been fruitful in predicting new interactions within gene networks, such as the Arabidopsis circadian clock. A new challenge is to integrate patterning issues with tissue growth and biomechanics. The development of new tools to gain resolution in data collection as well as new frameworks to confront models and data might provide even more robust predictions.