Modeling Biological Patterns Using the Space Colonization Algorithm

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University of Calgary (Canada), 2008 - 189 pages
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The practical value of this approach is demonstrated by modeling the architecture of trees and vasculature in plants. Trees are modeled using markers of empty space to mediate competition between branches. When vascular patterns are modeled, the markers of empty space represent sources of a vein inducing signal (auxin). Several algorithms are introduced to simulate vein development in a growing leaf blade. Additionally, a model simulating vasculature patterning in the stem is proposed and used to examine the relation between phylotaxis and stem vasculature.

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