Canopy development and productivity are the results
of dynamic interactions between a plant's physiology and morphology and
the environment. As a canopy grows its developing structure causes
changes in microclimate which in turn affect the physiology of the plant
and new growth. We research the causes of these changes in
different types of canopies and how they affect productivity and longevity.
Canopies produce spatially complex structures and we conduct biometric
research that enables us to describe and model them. An essential component
of our work is development of simulation models and we investigate how these models can be assessed effectively.