The conceptual approach to quantitative modeling of guard cells

Blatt, M. R. , Hills, A., Chen, Z./H., Wang, Y., Papanatsiou, M. and Lew, V. L. (2013) The conceptual approach to quantitative modeling of guard cells. Plant Signaling and Behavior, 8(1), e22747. (doi: 10.4161/psb.22747)

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Much of the 70% of global water usage associated with agriculture passes through stomatal pores of plant leaves. The guard cells, which regulate these pores, thus have a profound influence on photosynthetic carbon assimilation and water use efficiency of plants. We recently demonstrated how quantitative mathematical modeling of guard cells with the OnGuard modeling software yields detail sufficient to guide phenotypic and mutational analysis. This advance represents an all-important step toward applications in directing “reverse-engineering” of guard cell function for improved water use efficiency and carbon assimilation. OnGuard is nonetheless challenging for those unfamiliar with a modeler’s way of thinking. In practice, each model construct represents a hypothesis under test, to be discarded, validated or refined by comparisons between model predictions and experimental results. The few guidelines set out here summarize the standard and logical starting points for users of the OnGuard software.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hills, Mr Adrian and Blatt, Professor Michael and Chen, Dr Zhonghua and Papanatsiou, Dr Maria and Wang, Dr Yizhou
Authors: Blatt, M. R., Hills, A., Chen, Z./H., Wang, Y., Papanatsiou, M., and Lew, V. L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Molecular Biosciences
Journal Name:Plant Signaling and Behavior
Publisher:Landes Bioscience
ISSN (Online):1559-2324

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