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Name Schäfer, Ernst
Group Mathematical Medicine and Biology
Room B08, Maths
Telephone +44 (0) 115 [direct dial]
Thesis Title Mathematical Modelling for Sustainable crops: using Sim Root to optimise root growth and nutrient uptake
Thesis Abstract The dynamic architecture of plant roots can be a crucial determinant of crop growth and yields, and is hence of widespread interest in the context of food security. Furthermore, links with water and fertiliser use place root growth firmly in the energy-food-water nexus. This project will use and develop innovative mathematical and computational models (using SimRoot) of the growth of wheat root systems and uptake of nutrients by those systems. Simulating the impact of root architecture and soil properties on the uptake of water and nutrients, such as nitrate and phosphate, will help to optimise wheat performance. The project will draw on state-of-the-art data from the non-invasive imaging of wheat roots in soil, using X-ray Computed Tomography, and will blend partial differential equation modelling of nutrient and water transport with stochastic modelling of branching root structures.
School contact information School of Mathematical Sciences
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Tel: +44 (0) 115 951 4949
Fax: +44 (0) 115 951 4951