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Modelling potato growth

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ilkka Leinonen, Dr Hongyan Chen, Dr James Taylor



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, 2018.

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The development of mechanistic models for predicting growth of various crops (including potatoes) has continued for several decades, and new applications of such models are increasingly becoming available. Despite the benefits of this development, it may be difficult for the user to decide which models are suitable for a specific purpose (such as decision making in potato farming). In this chapter, we try to provide insights that would help the potential user to better understand the benefits and limitations of various types of models. First, we present some ideas of the general principles of mechanistic modelling and potential applications of crop models. Then we briefly describe the main physiological processes of potato growth and how they have been handled in mechanistic models. Finally, we provide examples of the recent applications of potato models and discuss the future use of the models for new applications, mainly in precision farming.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Leinonen I, Chen H, Taylor JA

Editor(s): Wale S

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Achieving sustainable cultivation of potatoes

Year: 2018

Volume: 2

Online publication date: 18/07/2018

Acceptance date: 08/05/2017

Publisher: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing

Place Published: Cambridge


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ISBN: 9781786761286